What Happens if I am Referred to What Can Be Done About the Sleep Lab? You will be contacted by a staff member and scheduled for an appointment. We will ask My Sleep Disorder? If a breathing problem is observed during your sleep study, the technologist may awaken you Sleep Disorders you several questions regarding your sleep to try a device that treats breathing problems problem when we call to schedule you. We try during sleep. This device, called a positive to schedule appointments according to your airway pressure (PAP) device, includes a mask normal sleep times. A sleep study can be that fits around your nose or your nose and performed any day of the week, and we mouth. Your sleep technologist will explain and Lab usually can accommodate patients who work answer questions about this treatment during various shifts. We will send you some pre-test your study. questionnaires regarding your sleep schedules and habits. We ask that you bring the Other sleep disorders may require a change in completed forms with you when you come in daily habits or sleep habits. Some conditions for your appointment. You will also be able to may require the use of medications. Most sleep bring your own bed clothes and pillow to disorders can be treated or managed effectively make your stay more comfortable. once they are accurately diagnosed. Information for Patients with A study usually requires an overnight stay at Sleep Related Disorders the hospital, but it is considered an outpatient Where is the Sleep Disorders Lab? procedure. You will want to check with your We are located on the fourth floor of Beloit insurance provider regarding coverage Memorial Hospital. If we can be of assistance, information. please call (608) 364-5481. What Will Happen Once I Arrive at the Sleep Lab? Our trained sleep technologists will show you the equipment that will be used and give you a chance to ask questions. They will apply sensors to your head, face, chest, abdomen and legs to monitor your breathing, heart rate, and brain wave activity while you sleep. You will sleep in a comfortable private room designed for a sleep study. The room has a regular full size bed with TV. The technician B E LO I T M E M O R I A L will monitor your sleep from a nearby room. H O S P I TA L Affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics 1969 West Hart Road, Beloit,Wisconsin 53511 • (608) 364-5011 B E LO I T M E M O R I A L www.BeloitMemorialHospital.org 2/04 PP/1M H O S P I TA L What is Beloit Memorial Hospital’s What Kinds of Sleep Related What Should I Do if I Think I have Sleep Disorders Lab? Disorders Does the Lab Evaluate? a Sleep Problem? Many people take a good night’s sleep for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) If you think you have a sleep related disorder, granted, but there are millions of people of OSA occurs in all age groups and in both consult your physician. You will need a referral all ages who fail to get a good night’s sleep. men and women. Bedpartners may have from your physician to make an appointment noticed long pauses in patient’s breathing at the Sleep Lab. The Sleep Disorders Lab assists physicians in which may end with a sudden loud snore the diagnosis and treatment of patients with or choking gasp. Early recognition and sleep-related disorders. There are over 80 different disorders of sleep that can lead to treatment is important because of its Use the Epworth Sleepiness Scale association with irregular heartbeats, difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep, increased blood pressure, heart attacks below to Measure Your Sleepiness. remaining awake, sleepwalking, nightmares and stroke. In fact, about one-half of OSA or problems that interfere with sleep. 0 = Would Never Doze patients have high blood pressure. 1 = Slight Chance of Dozing The Sleep Lab staff is specially trained in the Insomnia 2 = Moderate Chance of Dozing field of sleep-related disorders and has the Some people have problems falling experience to provide the highest quality of 3 = High Chance of Dozing asleep or staying asleep during the patient care. Registered Sleep Technologists, night. They also feel their sleep has not along with a Pulmonary Medicine physician, How likely are you to fall asleep in the refreshed them. This condition may are members of the staff. following situations? have many different causes, including In order to understand your sleep, and any psychological factors such as depression or stress, environmental factors such as _______ Sitting and reading problems you are experiencing with it, we need to look at various brain activities and noise, or physiologic factors such as _______ Watching TV body systems and their relationship breathing disorders or pain. _______ Sitting, inactive in a public place like throughout your sleep period. After your Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) a theater or a work meeting sleep study, a sleep specialist will review and Periodic Leg Movement Disorder (PLMD) _______ As a passenger in a car for an hour interpret the test to help you and your Some people have uncontrollable leg without a break physician understand your specific sleep sensations that occur continually while patterns. Treatment recommendations will be _______ Laying down to rest in the afternoon the body is at rest. PLMD is a basic made if evidence of a sleep disorder is found. when circumstances permit cause of sleep deprivation for up to four million adults. _______ Sitting and talking to someone _______ Sitting quietly after a lunch with Narcolepsy alcohol This disorder often begins in young adulthood. People who have narcolepsy _______ In a car, while stopped for a few often complain of excessive daytime minutes in traffic sleepiness. They also may suffer _______ TOTAL muscular weakness when experiencing anger, surprise, amusement, terrifying Please share this with your physician. dreams or a feeling of paralysis when falling asleep or awakening.
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