Nearly one-third of American adults experiences sleep problems. Left undiagnosed, restless nights can have a serious and long-term impact on your health.
Your dream of a good night’s sleep can become a reality at Parkland’s Center for Sleep Diagnostics.
Are Sleep Problems Keeping You Awake?
- Do you snore loudly?
- While sleeping, do you stop breathing or gasp for breath?
- Do you fall asleep during the day, even after a good night’s sleep?
- Do you lie awake for more than half an hour before falling asleep?
- Are you having trouble at work or school because of sleepiness?
- Do you kick while sleeping, or have trouble keeping your legs still at night?
- Do you wake up at night and are unable to go back to sleep?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing sleep apnea, excessive snoring, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome or insomnia. Any of these sleep disorder conditions can greatly affect your quality of life. To learn more about these sleeping disorders, please visit our online Sleep Center.
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
We’re here to help if you or someone you love is experiencing sleep problems. Our diagnosis and treatment of common sleep disorders can make the difference between unnecessary suffering and long-term health risks and an improved quality of life. A physician’s referral is required for treatment in our Center for Sleep Diagnostics.
Sleep Studies at Parkland Medical Center
Sleep studies at Parkland Medical Center are most often performed on an outpatient basis, although some may also be conducted in your home. They’re a simple, painless and effective way to diagnose and begin treatment for sleep disorders.
Our sleep center evaluates you for:
- Sleep apnea and excessive snoring
- Restless leg syndrome / periodic limb movements disorder
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
Types of Sleep Studies We Provide
Polysomnography (Sleep Study)
Once you’re settled into one of our home-like rooms, our polysomnographic (sleep) technician will attach electrodes to your head, chest and legs to monitor nighttime sleep stages, respiratory airflow and effort and leg movements. Learn more about polysomnograms at our online Health Library.
Your sleep specialist may recommend that portable sleep monitoring be done in your home. A home care provider will teach you how to use the monitoring device and attach the sensors.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) / Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) Titration Studies
We may provide CPAP or BiPAP treatment. This involves placing a mask over your nose during sleep, providing pressure from an air blower that gently forces air into the nasal passages to improve breathing. If you are anxious about beginning CPAP or BiPAP, you may be able to do a brief nap study at our Sleep Center prior to an overnight study. This will ensure the mask fits properly and help you get comfortable using it. Learn more about CPAP at our online Health Library.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
The MSLT consists of four to five naps, observed over an eight-to-ten-hour daytime period. An individual is given a 20-minute nap opportunity every two hours then instructed to stay awake between naps. Monitoring occurs throughout the test to record any sleep that occurs.
Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
This test measures your ability to stay alert and awake, as opposed to how quickly you fall asleep. It helps determine how well you’re responding to sleep disorder treatment and whether it’s helping you overcome sleepiness. The MWT is conducted during the day and typically involves multiple sessions. It’s required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pilots and others in the transportation industry with sleep disorders.
Sleep Studies for Children
If you’re concerned your son or daughter age eight and up may be experiencing a sleep disorder, our sleep team will work with your child's primary care doctor to provide diagnosis and treatment.
Sleep studies and consultations are covered by most insurance providers. Please contact your individual health plan for pre-certification and referral requirements.
What to Expect During Your Sleep Study
Our outpatient sleep studies are performed in a private, relaxed setting in rooms that are comfortable and home-like. You’ll find a full-size bed, television, DVD player, a bathroom with shower and an overnight supply of toiletries.
Before Your Sleep Study
You will be asked to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your study and to follow your normal bedtime routine. You can bring personal toiletries and anything that helps you sleep comfortably, like a favorite pillow. In the morning, we provide a continental breakfast.
When arriving for your appointment, enter through the Emergency Room entrance and check in at the registration desk.
Before you fall asleep, our sleep technician will connect electrodes and sensors to your head, chest and legs to gather information during your sleep test, called a polysomnogram.
While You Sleep
Our sleep team will observe your electrode and sensor readings in an adjacent room, where you’ll be monitored by video as you sleep.
In some cases, the polysomnogram will indicate that you may benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP). If so, the technician may awaken you and start a treatment, placing a mask over your nose during sleep, which gently forces air into the nasal passages to improve your breathing.
The sleep study will take approximately 7-10 hours, depending on the type of study. A sleep center physician will review and analyze your sleep study and forward a report and personalized treatment plan to your primary care physician. You will then be contacted to discuss your sleep study findings and treatment options.
If your sleep study is home-based, we’ll work with the home care provider to set up the needed equipment.
Sleep Specialists in Southern New Hampshire
At Parkland’s Center for Sleep Diagnostics, physicians from multiple specialties, such as pulmonary and neurology, collaborate to help you improve your sleep and get the rest you need. Together with your referring physician, our sleep specialists will evaluate and treat your sleep disorder and follow up after your sleep study.
A physician’s referral is required for treatment in our sleep center. For more information, talk to your doctor or call us at (603) 421-2098.
Why Quality Sleep Matters
Although lack of sleep can leave you fatigued and sluggish, you may not realize it can also negatively affect your long-term health. To learn more about the importance of good sleep, visit our online Sleep Center.