The MGRMC Sleep Center
Thousands of Americans struggle with sleep related disorders. Many of them don't even know it. What they do know is that they are constantly tired or have trouble staying asleep throughout the night. Others know that they snore constantly or even possibly stop breathing during their sleep. Some often wake up only to feel worse than when they went to bed.
If any of these experiences sound like your experience, we encourage you to read the following and see if a sleep study might be right for you.
Do I need a sleep study?
If you experience any or all of the following symptoms, it is possible that you suffer from sleep apnea:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring accompanied by nighttime choking or gasping spells.
- Waking each morning without feeling refreshed.
- Struggling with issues of memory, concentration or retention.
- Feeling irritable, depressed, having mood swings or experiencing personality changes.
- Restless tossing and turning during sleep.
- Morning headaches.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to many other health conditions, including heart disease. A sleep study is necessary to fully diagnose sleep apnea.
What Can I expect at the MGRMC Sleep Center?
MGRMC uses state-of-the-art sleep equipment to ensure you and your physician receive accurate study results. All sleep studies are performed by a specially trained sleep specialist and are interpreted by Board Certified Sleep Physician, Dr. Richard Riedy.
Our Sleep Center has two private comfortable diagnostic bedrooms that are each equipped with; individual temperature control, comfortable queen-size Tempur-Pedic mattress, private bathroom w/shower, and a large LCD flat panel television.
How is A Sleep Study Done?
Your body and brain activity are measured by placing small sensors or electrodes on your head and body with a water soluble paste-like adhesive. Flexible wiring is attached to these electrodes which are attached to a central monitoring unit. Your respiratory effort is measured using flexible elastic bands around your chest and abdomen. Your blood oxygen level and heart rate are also measured using a probe on your index finger. All of this data is collected and monitored by the sleep specialist and then is interpreted to deliver the most effective treatment and or recommendations as possible.
How Can I Schedule A Sleep Study?
A referral from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) is required. So we encourage you to consult with your PCP about the signs and symptoms you are experiencing and together decide if a sleep study might be right for you. If so, have your PCP send their referral to us.
Upon receiving your referral, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. Once your appointment is scheduled a welcome letter will be mailed to you. This letter includes the date and time of your study, study preparation instructions and several questionnaires. Should you have questions about when your appointment is scheduled, should you need to re-schedule or if you need to cancel an appointment, please call our out-patient clinic at the number provided.
What Can I Do To Prepare For A Scheduled Sleep Study?
If you are already scheduled for a sleep study, you can begin planning for the appointment by selecting the Sleep Study Preparation tab to the left and downloading the Preparation Instructions and Surveys document. This document will give you all of the instructions on what to bring and how to prepare for your sleep study. Also included are surveys that are required for a sleep study. By filling them out prior to your visit, you will save time once you arrive at the Sleep Center.