Sleep disorders are conditions that disrupt normal sleep patterns, often causing daytime sleepinesss and difficulty falling or staying asleep. The Sleep Disorders Program at East Jefferson General Hospital can help to diagnose the following disorders:
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea
• Chronic Snoring
• Restless Leg Syndrome
• Other disorders
Sleep disorders are diagnosed through 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.
To find out more about sleep disorders or to schedule an appointment with the Sleep Center at East Jefferson General Hospital, call (504) 849-8700.