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Sleep is essential for your health and well-being, yet according to the National Sleep Foundation, over 40 million Americans have a sleep disorder – and many who suffer from sleep disorders aren’t even aware they have one. Wayne HealthCare offers educational information, diagnosis, and treatment of many of these, and is committed to getting you on your way to more restful sleep.

Read more about The Importance of Healthy Sleep in our Sleep Care Booklet.

Sleep Disorders We Treat

We provide diagnosis and treatment for the following types of sleep disorders:

  • Narcolepsy: This well-known yet uncommon sleep disorder is a chronic (lifelong) illness that includes symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden sleep attacks. Many who have narcolepsy go undiagnosed, yet they experience overwhelming sleepiness and uncontrollable sleep attacks while doing ordinary activities such as watching TV, driving, or sitting in a classroom or at work.
  • Insomnia: If you have chronic difficulty or inability to fall asleep and stay asleep, you could have a varying degree of insomnia. This condition can be short-term or ongoing (acute versus chronic). Almost everyone experiences occasional bouts of insomnia, but when it begins to interfere with your daily life, it could be a result of an underlying yet treatable problem or disorder. Your physician can help by conducting an evaluation or recommend a stay at our sleep lab for a sleep study.
  • Sleep Apnea: Many who have sleep apnea are unaware, even though the condition causes them to awaken to gasp for breath dozens or even hundreds of times per night. These pauses in breath, called “apneas,” can last from 10 to 30 seconds. Sleep apnea is a serious condition and can contribute to many life-threatening health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and others. Although it can affect men and women of all ages, sleep apnea is most common in overweight men between the ages of 35 and 50. Diagnosis of sleep apnea requires a visit to a sleep lab for a sleep study evaluation.
  • Sleep Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD): People with PLMD experience movement periodic, repetitive mild to violent jerks of their upper or lower extremities as they sleep, which interferes with sleep quality due to frequent arousals from sleep. People are often unaware of these movements of sleep arousals, so it must be diagnosed in a sleep lab.

Sleep Studies at Wayne HealthCare

A sleep study is a medical test performed while you sleep at night. This test is used to evaluate and diagnose a sleep disorder. Sleep Studies are safe and noninvasive procedures that provide valuable information to your physician. Sleep studies are a covered benefit under most insurance plans. Our staff will contact your insurance company and arrange payment.

Sleep studies are done on an outpatient basis, so you will not be admitted to the hospital. You will have a private room with a television. The night will begin with some paperwork and health questionnaires that aid in your diagnosis and treatment. After the paperwork is completed, you will be asked to change into your sleep attire. Before the sleep study begins, the Sleep Technician will apply several monitors to your body that record information while you sleep.

The setup includes nine electrodes that will be glued to your scalp. These electrodes record brain waves and show when you are awake and sleep. You do not need to cut or shave your hair for this procedure. The glue is dissolved with water and is easy to clean out in the morning. Also, you will have four electrodes taped to your chin and the temple area to record chin and eye movements.

There will also be a breathing sensor taped to the area between the nose and upper lip to monitor your breathing. This sensor does not block your airways so you will be able to breathe normally. Since we monitor your heart throughout the night, we attach adhesive electrodes to your shoulders and one to the side of your chest.

Two electrodes are taped to each leg to record all leg movements. Also, you will have a cloth belt placed around your chest and abdomen to monitor your breathing. These belts are not restrictive and fit over your clothing. Finally, a band-aid type probe is wrapped around a finger to record the amount of oxygen in your blood. This setup is painless, and you may watch television or read during the procedure.

Before the sleep study begins, the Sleep Technician will provide you with information regarding common sleep disorders and treatments. A common treatment that may be used during your visit is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). The Sleep Technician will introduce you to this equipment and answer all your questions.

The sleep study will begin around 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm and will last until 5:30 am to 7:00 am. During the sleep study, the door to your room will be closed and the lights and television turned off. We do not allow cellular phones or pagers as this might disrupt your sleep. Your room is monitored with a video camera and a telecom to allow communication between yourself and the Technician. Although you have many electrodes attached to your body, you will be able to get out of bed and use the restroom or get a drink.

Once the sleep study ends, the Technician will disconnect all the wires and you will be given the opportunity to take a shower. The results of your sleep study will be available during your follow up visit with your physician.

A sleep study can now be conducted at Wayne HealthCare. Simply call (937) 547-5665 for more information.

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