UHS Sleep & Neurodiagnostic Center
Do you suffer from daytime sleepiness? Loud snoring? Poor concentration or memory loss? Irritability or moodiness? Impotence? If you answer yes, you may have a sleep disorder.
The very latest in diagnosis and treatment for sleep-related medical conditions is available here in our community - at the UHS Sleep & Neurodiagnostic Center. The Center diagnoses and treats patients who suffer from sleeping and daytime alertness problems. It offers the finest in medical expertise and equipment to determine the cause and find the best treatment for many sleep-related disorders.
UHS Sleep & Neurodiagnostic Center is equipped with four private, home-like bedrooms with double beds, cable television, and private bathrooms with showers. The rooms are light and sound-proof and have individual room temperature controls for patient comfort. Testing is scheduled five nights a week (Sunday-Thursday), and split-night and nap studies are conducted during daytime hours.
Sleep Needs and Patterns
Most healthy adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per day. When your sleep is adequate, you should feel alert throughout the day. Sleep patterns change during your lifetime. Infants may sleep up to 16 hours a day, while the elderly may sleep much less and have a greater need for daytime naps. Some people fall asleep at times when they should be able to stay awake. Dreams, which are very important, can become nightmares and cause sleep problems for some people.
Most of these disorders can be successfully treated once they have been diagnosed . Some conditions may require a change in lifestyle, daily habits or work schedules; other conditions may require medication. Correct treatment, however, can only be prescribed after the medical condition has been diagnosed. And that is the mission of the UHS Sleep & Neurodiagnostic Center.
What To Expect at the Sleep Disorders Center
On your first visit, you will be examined by the Center's Medical Director and asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your particular sleep problem. Once this information is obtained, a diagnosis may be possible, or you may be asked to return for further evaluation of your problem while you sleep. Monitoring your sleep often shows when problems are occurring and will help the Center's team of sleep specialists to understand why.
The recording of your sleep will include brain activity, eye movements, chin movements, heart activity, breathing effort and blood oxygen levels.
Diagnosis and Treatment
After your stay at the Center, your sleep record will be reviewed and analyzed. You'll then have a follow-up meeting and consultation to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options.
Insomnia is the inability to sleep. It is a symptom that may be caused by many conditions. Insomniacs may not be able to get sleep, or they may wake up often during the night or wake too early in the morning. Insomnia may be caused by breathing difficulties, emotional problems, abnormal movement of the legs or other parts of the body, or it may simply be due to your environment.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Snoring is not necessarily a normal, annoying occurrence. Heavy snoring may be a symptom of a sleep-disorder known as sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea stop breathing again and again during sleep. These interruptions in normal breathing last 10 seconds to three minutes and can occur several hundred times a night. Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness, heavy snoring, high blood pressure and irritability.
People who are too sleepy during the day and feel weakness when they get surprised, amused or angry may have narcolepsy. Narcoleptics can experience terrifying dreams or hallucinations as they fall asleep. Narcolepsy often develops in young adults and may be a lasting health problem.
When people have chronic breathing problems or lung disease, their symptoms frequently get more pronounced when they sleep. A thorough evaluation of such respiratory diseases sometimes requires measurement of blood oxygenation during sleep.
Other Sleep Problems
Sleepwalking and bedwetting - common in children - can be indications of sleep-related disorders in adults. Nightmares or night terrors can be experienced by people of all ages and may be a sign of an unrecognized and often treatable, underlying disorder. Other conditions, such as grinding teeth or talking during sleep can lead to medical problems.