While most people occasionally experience changes in their normal sleep patterns, these problems are usually temporary. However, when you frequently feel tired, have trouble falling asleep, wake up during the night, fall asleep during the day, or don’t feel refreshed by sleep, you may need to be evaluated.
At UHC, sleep studies are conducted in a home-like atmosphere designed to make you feel comfortable, and we offer several treatment options based on your specific needs. We also provide information on sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and other sleep disorders to help you better understand your particular problem.
Do I need help?
If your sleep has been disturbed for more than a month or if it interferes with the way you function during the day, your physician may request a sleep study.
The following are some of the symptoms associated with sleep disorders:
- loud snoring, gasping, choking or long pauses in breathing during sleep
- excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day
- irritability, memory loss, poor concentration
- morning headache
- restless legs, jerking of legs during sleep
One common disorder, sleep apnea, may be associated with obesity and high blood pressure.
What steps are involved in having a sleep evaluation?
Once an appointment is scheduled, you will be asked to take a brief physical exam. Depending on the results of the initial evaluation, a one or two night study at UHC may be performed.
What happens at the Sleep Disorders Center?
Your sleep patterns will be monitored and recorded in one of UHC’s private recording rooms. Before going to bed a technician will place dime size sensors at various sites on your body to record brain waves, muscle activity, leg and arm movements, heart rhythms, breathing patterns, oxygen levels and other body functions during sleep. These monitoring devices cause little discomfort and will not hamper movements during the night. The test results will be reviewed by a physician specializing in sleep medicine and recommendations regarding treatment will be made.
Is UHC’s Sleep Disorders Center Accredited?
Yes, it is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
For more information, contact the Sleep Disorders Center at (681) 342-3290.
To schedule an appointment with a board certified sleep specialist, call: (681) 342-3290.