Sleep center in Derry, New Hampshire

Nearly 33 percent of U.S. adults experience sleep problems. At Parkland Medical Center's Center for Sleep Diagnostics, our sleep specialists can help make your dream of a good night's rest a reality.

For more information about our sleep center and the conditions we treat, call us at (603) 421-2098.

Diagnosing sleep problems

Serious sleep problems usually manifest in side effects you can identify at home. If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you could be experiencing a sleep disorder.

  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Do you stop breathing or gasp for breath while sleeping?
  • Do you fall asleep during the day, even after a good night’s sleep?
  • Do you lie awake for more than 30 minutes before falling asleep?
  • Is sleepiness affecting your performance at work or school?
  • Do you kick while sleeping or have trouble keeping your legs still at night?
  • Do you wake up at night and cannot go back to sleep?

Types of sleep disorders we treat

Further Diagnosis and treatment of your disorder at our sleep center can greatly improve your quality of life. With a physician’s referral for treatment at our Center for Sleep Diagnostics, we can evaluate you for:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Excessive snoring
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome/periodic limb movements disorder
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Types of sleep disorder tests we offer

We perform most of our sleep studies on an outpatient basis, but we can also conduct some at home. Our tests are simple, painless and effective. These are the types of studies we perform:

  • Polysomnography (sleep study): During your polysomnography, your polysomnographic (sleep) technician will attach electrodes to your head, chest and legs. While sleeping, the technician will monitor your nighttime sleep stages, respiratory airflow and leg movements.
  • Home screenings: Your home care provider will deliver the necessary equipment, and your sleep specialist will teach you how to attach the sensors and use your home screening device.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) titration studies: CPAP and BiPAP treatment involves placing a mask over your nose during sleep. Pressure from an air blower gently forces air into the nasal passages to improve breathing. You can complete a brief nap study at our sleep center before an overnight stay. Patients use the trial nap test to get comfortable with the mask before sleeping in it.
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT): During this test, your technician will observe four to five naps over eight to 10 hours. You’ll take a 20-minute nap every two hours but must otherwise stay awake.
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT): This test measures your ability to stay alert and awake. Sleep technicians use MWTs to see how well sleep disorder treatment is working. Patients undergo these tests during the day across multiple sessions.
  • Sleep studies for children: Our caring team can diagnose and treat sleep disorders in children who are 8 years old and older.

While your sleep technician will work with you for the majority of your treatment, Parkland’s other teams may also be involved with your care. Depending on your diagnosis, your primary care doctor may also collaborate with our pulmonary program, neurology program and our other departments.

Preparing for your sleep study

Our outpatient sleep studies take place in private, comfortable, home-like rooms, each equipped with a:

  • Full-size bed
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Overnight supply of toiletries

Arriving at our sleep disorder center

You’ll arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Enter through the ER and check-in at the registration desk.

During the test, you simply follow your normal bedtime routine. While we supply toiletries, you can bring your own as well as comfort items, like a favorite pillow. Before falling asleep, your technician will connect electrodes and sensors to your head, chest and legs.

Undergoing your sleep study

The electrodes and sensors collect information during the test. Your sleep team will review this data while monitoring you by video as you sleep. Sleep studies take about seven to 10 hours. If the test indicates that would benefit from a CPAP or BiPAP, your technician may wake you up and place a mask over your nose for the rest of the test.

Completing your sleep study

A sleep physician will review and analyze your study results. Your primary care physician will receive a copy forward of the final report, and you’ll meet to discuss any diagnoses and treatment options.