Sleep Medicine Program
If you’re among the 40 million Americans who often have trouble sleeping, consider asking your doctor for a referral to the Owensboro Health Sleep Medicine Program. The most commonly encountered sleep medicine problems include obstructive sleep apnea, insufficient sleep syndrome, and poor sleep hygiene. With a sleep medicine consultation and possibly a sleep study, you will experience a timely evaluation and receive treatment recommendations that help you rest easier.
Accredited Sleep Lab
Owensboro Health’s Sleep Lab is accredited by The Joint Commission, this means you benefit from:
- Highly qualified staff.
- Strict measures to keep you safe.
- Up-to-date facilities and technology.
Do I Need A Sleep Study?
A sleep study helps our physician diagnose your condition and create a personalized treatment plan. You may benefit from a sleep study if you experience symptoms such as:
- Snoring, fatigue, and/or unexplained high blood pressure.
- A tendency to fall asleep during the daytime, or feeling very drowsy during the day.
- Nocturnal choking, gasping or snorting
- Nighttime reflux, or heartburn that is refractory to therapy.
People 6 years of age and up may participate in a sleep study with our medical directors’ approval.
Types Of Sleep Studies
Your provider may refer you to Owensboro Health Sleep Lab for one or more of these studies.
- Polysomnogram (PSG)- records your sleep and bodily activity overnight.
- Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) – this test, which follows an overnight polysomnogram, consists of five nap opportunities. We look for changes consistent with narcolepsy.
- Home sleep apnea test (HSAT) – we teach you to use portable monitors in your home setting to document sleep variables.
- Actigraphy – 24-hour motion monitoring per a watch-like device
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) – tests the ability to stay awake
What Happens In A Sleep Study?
During a polysomnogram, you will spend your sleep time in our private hotel-quality room with queen size bed, private bathroom, and shower. A technician will apply small monitoring devices to your chest, nose, finger, face, and scalp to measure vital signs, important variables, and eye activity during sleep.
Your movements are monitored by video camera. Usually, six hours of sleep is required to make a diagnosis. You are able to awaken any time you would like, so that you may go to work, school, or begin your usual daily activity.