Approximately 40 million people in the United States suffer from a sleeping disorder. These disorders include sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias. The quality of sleep one gets from a full night’s rest is vital for daily functions. Better sleep improves mental and physical health, and overall life satisfaction. Knowing what is causing you from getting the best night’s rest is the first step towards enhancing your life.
An attended sleep study at our sleep center evaluates the abnormalities of sleep, sleep/wake transition, sleep disturbances and to assess the efficacy of treatment of various sleep disorders. Polysomnogram is conducted by a trained and licensed sleep technologist. Polysomnogram testing can be diagnostic or therapeutic, depending on the type of study.
- Sleep stages – EEG (brain waves), EOG (eye movements), chin EMG (muscle activity).
- Sleep disorder breathing – nasal and oral airflow, respiratory effort, oxygen saturation, snoring decibels, leg/arm movements, electrocardiography, sleep position.
Multiple Sleep Latency Testing
The MSLT is a series of 4-5 naps taken at 2-hour intervals, immediately after an overnight polysomnogram. MSLT is a series of four or five naps taken at 2-hour intervals, immediately following the day after a polysomnogram. MSLT assesses sleep tendency by measuring the number of minutes it takes the patient to fall asleep. It is needed in patients with suspected narcolepsy and objectively study patients with excessive daytime sleepiness.
MWT-Maintenance of Wakefulness Test
MWT measures a patient’s ability to stay awake. It consists of four 40-minute tests that are performed at 2-hour intervals. MWT can also be used to measure treatment response.
Respiratory Equipment Training
Sleep apnea is frequently treated by using a device (CPAP, autoPAP, BIPAP, BIPAP autoSV, BIPAP ST) that will correct the breathing disorder that occurs while sleeping. If a patient is having any difficulty with the proper use of their device previously acquired through a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider, our expert staff at DSM Sleep Specialists can offer valuable assistance.
There are many types of masks that can be used with respiratory equipment. Appropriate mask fitting requires time and expertise. Our staff can help you with all of your needs.
In Home Sleep Study
Sleep study performed at your home is a great alternative to traditional testing in the lab and can diagnose sleep apnea. Home sleep test records sleep time, breathing disorder while asleep, oxygen saturation, heart rate, body position.
This test may be ordered to get a better understanding of the patient’s sleep/rest/activity cycle. This is a device the patient wears on their wrist as they pursue their daily activities. This will measure activity and light exposure on a continuous basis. The watch is often worn for 14 days, the device is returned, information is uploaded, and is interpreted by the sleep provider.
Oximetry is an overnight test in which a probe is attached to the finger to measure your continuous oxygen levels.