One out of every three Americans suffers from some type of sleep disorder. The symptoms of a sleep disorder can be very subtle, and may appear as a decrease in energy, depression, early morning headache, or muscle aches and pains. If left untreated, sleep disorders can give rise to more severe health issues, which may include heart problems, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and pain sensitivity.
Sleep disorders are diagnosed by a polysomnogram, commonly called a "sleep study." This painless overnight test takes place while you sleep in a comfortable bed. A specially trained sleep technologist will attach various skin sensors to you that will monitor and record brain waves, heart rate, breathing patterns, oxygen levels, and muscle and leg movements. The monitoring devices are comfortable and won't interfere with your ability to sleep. A physician who is board certified in Sleep Medicine will review your test results and work with your primary care physicians to make appropriate treatment recommendations. Your treatment plan will depend on the cause, type and severity of the sleep disorder. Careful evaluation in the Sleep Center can result in more restful sleep and more energy for you during the day.
Will I be admitted to the hospital?
Even though you will stay overnight, the sleep study is considered an outpatient diagnostic test. You should arrive around 8:30 p.m. and leave about 5:30 a.m. We can also schedule a daytime sleep study if you normally work third shift. No medications are required for the sleep study, so you can resume your normal daytime activities as soon as the study is completed.
Will my insurance cover the test?
Most insurance companies provide coverage for a sleep study. Since all insurance plans vary, we suggest you contact your insurance carrier to verify your coverage.
For more information about Mercy's Sleep Disorders Center, call 563-244-5799.