Sleep is essential. More than just a break from daily life, sleep is an active state vital to the restoration of the body and mind. A lack of sleep can result in irritability, poor concentration, depression and lost productivity. Sleepless nights can also contribute to motor vehicle accidents and workplace mishaps.
Millions of Americans are affected by sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, insomnia and chronic snoring, that prevent them from getting a good night's sleep. The East Jefferson General Hospital Sleep Disorders Program can help diagnose these conditions in adults and restore restful sleep.
What Are Sleep Disorders?
Sleep disorders are conditions that disrupt normal sleep patterns, often causing daytime sleepinesss and difficulty falling or staying asleep. The Sleep Disorders Program can help to diagnose:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Chronic Snoring
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Other disorders
The Sleep Center
Sleep disorders are diagnosed through sleep studies conducted in the Sleep Center, usually overnight. The center has four bedrooms and a control room where technicians monitor patients throughout the study. A physician referral is required before a sleep study is conducted.
The bedrooms in the Sleep Center are designed to be comfortable and home-like so that patients can sleep normally during the study. Patients are encouraged to wear their own comfortable pajamas and may bring their own pillow if they wish.
During the study, patients are monitored continually by a registered polysomnographic technician and a certified respiratory therapist who use microphones, infrared cameras, and electrodes to record all aspects of sleep. Brain and muscle activity, eye movements, breathing, and heart rate are monitored simultaneously to create an accurate representation of the patient's sleep patterns. The equipment used is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible and does not restrict movement or repositioning during the night.
Please mail, fax, or drop off your packet at the Sleep Center. If patients choose to drop off their packets, they may bring them to the Sleep Center on 7th floor of EJ North.