The EJGH Sleep Disorders Center is conveniently located in EJ North on the East Jefferson General Hospital campus. Medical Director Stephen Layne, MD, pulmonologist, leads the patient care team. Dr. Layne is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Alex Hoang, MD, family practice physician, is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and serves as a professional member of the Sleep Center staff. Sleep studies are conducted by licensed respiratory therapists and registered polysomnographic technologists. The EJGH Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and performs insurance authorizations for sleep studies.
Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
Disorders are diagnosed through sleep studies conducted by licensed respiratory therapists and registered polysomnographic technologists, usually overnight. The Sleep Disorders Center can help to diagnose the following disorders:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Often characterized by loud snoring, obstructive sleep apnea causes the sleeper to stop breathing momentarily many times during the night. The brain wakes the sleeper to resume breathing each time.
- Narcolepsy: This disorder causes sudden sleep at inappropriate times. Narcolepsy can be both embarrassing and dangerous.
- Insomnia: The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, insomnia can result in fatigue, irritability and poor concentration.
- Chronic Snoring: Loud snoring night after night may not affect the sleeper, but it often disrupts a bed partner’s sleep.
- Restless Leg Syndrome: People affected experience crawling or painful sensations in their legs while trying to fall asleep.
- Other disorders: Sleepwalking, periodic limb movement disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding).
Preparing for your Sleep Study
A physician referral is required before a sleep study is conducted. The study may be covered by your health insurance. Approximately one week before your scheduled study, someone from our staff will speak with you to give you instructions, explain to you what to expect and answer any questions.
During your Sleep Study
The center has four bedrooms and a control room where technologists will monitor you throughout the study. The bedrooms are designed to be comfortable and home-like so you can sleep normally during the study. We encourage you to wear your own comfortable pajamas and bring your own pillow if you wish. Technologists use microphones, infrared cameras and electrodes to record all aspects of your sleep throughout the study. Brain and muscle activity, eye movements, breathing and heart rate are monitored simultaneously to create an accurate representation of your sleep patterns. The state-of-the-art equipment is as unobtrusive as possible and does not restrict movement or repositioning during the night.
After the Study
Your results will be interpreted by a sleep center physician and sent to your physician approximately 7–10 days after your study. You should make an appointment with your referring physician to review your results and discuss treatment options. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, within four to five weeks from the time of your study, you will receive a follow-up questionnaire from the lead sleep technologist to check on your progress and assist in resolving any difficulties with equipment or therapy.
Home Sleep Studies
For patients who meet a specific criterion, we now offer a small, portable unit that can be taken home to screen for obstructive sleep apnea. This device records and evaluates the patient‘s physiological parameters according to the Standards of Practice by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It also monitors oxygen saturation, heart rate, airflow and respiratory effort. When the portable unit is returned to the Sleep Disorders Center, the information is downloaded, reviewed and interpreted by a physician who is board certified in sleep medicine. If your test is positive for obstructive sleep apnea, you may be asked to return to do an overnight CPAP Titration in our sleep center to determine the best treatment options for your diagnosis.
Education and Support
A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well And Keeping Energetic) is a free support group that provides support and education for those affected by sleep apnea. Please call for information on local chapters of this support group.
For more information on sleep disorders, the Sleep Disorders Center or support groups, please call us Monday-Friday from 7am-3:30pm at 504-503-5920.