Bates County Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Laboratory provides state-of-the-art testing for sleep disorders in two recently renovated rooms. The décor in both rooms includes new flat-screen televisions, bedding, paint and flooring. The new rooms are homelike, making this a restful environment for testing.
One testing room is equipped with a full-size bed, and the other with an air hospital bed. The hospital bed also has the ability to convert into a reclining chair for patients who have problems sleeping in a bed.
Sleep studies are performed at the hospital and usually are ordered by the patient’s primary care provider, then are interpreted by board-certified pulmonologists.
Some disorders that can be diagnosed with a sleep study include:
- Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night and awaken for short periods often.
- Narcolepsy is a chronic ailment consisting of recurrent attacks of drowsiness and sleep.
- Insomnia is the inability to sleep at a time when the person expects sleep to occur. The difficulty may be in either falling asleep, remaining asleep or both.
Each patient’s polysomnogram, or sleep test, is monitored by trained technicians. A polysomnogram is necessary to establish the presence of a sleep disorder. The polysomnogram is painless, using discs called electrodes to monitor various sleep stages, eye activity, heart rate, airflow from the mouth and nose, chest and abdomen movement, oxygen levels in the blood, body position and muscle movements.
Most patients report to the lab for testing at 8:00 p.m. the night of the test, then can return home by 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
Because so many patients are diagnosed with the most common sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, during the study the technician may begin treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure machine, better known as CPAP.
CPAP delivers air to the patient through a mask placed over the mouth and nose, or only over the nose. The air that flows into the lungs under slight pressure prevents the airways from narrowing or closing, allowing the patient to breathe normally and sleep well. By beginning treatment during the study, the technician can adjust the pressure delivered by the machine.
The patient’s primary care provider receives the final results of the sleep test (read by a pulmonologist), and discusses the results or any additional testing/treatment necessary with the patient.
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover the cost of sleep testing, as well as treatment. However, a referral from your health care provider is necessary to schedule a sleep study.
Call 660-200-7006 for more information.