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We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy. Our experienced staff of board-certified Sleep Medicine Physicians and Registered Sleep Technologists, are committed to providing patients with a precise diagnosis of their sleep disorder and detailed information to assist your physician in developing a personalized treatment plan. Our Sleep Center offers private rooms in a comfortable environment, up-to-date monitoring equipment, and adheres to rigorous guidelines to provide comprehensive, quality patient care. We are conveniently located and offer home sleep testing and 24-hour scheduling to accommodate your individual lifestyle. A physician referral is needed to schedule a sleep study.
Untreated sleep-related disorders can increase the risk of such serious health conditions as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Cardiac Arrhythmias (Atrial Fibrillation)
- Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes
In addition to these serious health conditions, daytime drowsiness caused by sleep disorders may contribute to work-related injuries or driving accidents, putting you and others at risk for serious injury or death.
What to Expect During Your Sleep Study
If you are having an in-lab sleep study, you will stay overnight in the Sleep Center. Data is collected during the night to help your physician form a diagnosis and treatment plan. Bring comfortable pajamas and what you need for an overnight stay (like a toothbrush and toothpaste).
The sleep technologist will ask about your sleep habits. You will be requested to fill out a pre-sleep questionnaire. The sleep technologist will attach sensors to you. The sensors, which are glued or taped to you, assist in monitoring your body while you sleep. Tell the technologist if you are allergic or sensitive to any adhesives.
The study measures your brain waves, heart rate, breathing, oxygen levels, and leg and arm movements. Cameras in your room allow the technologist to monitor you while you sleep. If you need to use the restroom during your study, notify the sleep technologist who will simply disconnect two cables allowing you restroom access within minutes.
What Should I Do the Day of My Scheduled Sleep Test?
- Speak to your health care provider about whether or not you should take your regular medication(s) during your sleep study. Bring a list of all medications you currently take.
- Keep your regular routine as much as possible.
- Don’t nap.
- Don’t drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages after 1:00 p.m.
- Eat your evening meal as you normally would but with no caffeine. You may also have a light snack.
- If you are diabetic and must eat at certain times, it is acceptable to bring a snack with you.
- Bathe and shampoo your hair prior to your sleep study to remove the excess oils from your skin and hair, which might interfere with the test. Don’t use hair sprays or gels since they can also interfere with the sleep recording. You may apply deodorant, but otherwise do not apply anything else to your hair or skin.
- Do not wear nail polish or make-up.
- Smoking is prohibited once inside the facility.
- Bring your photo ID and insurance card to the Sleep Center on the day of your scheduled test
If you have any questions, please call us at 330-841-3900.
What Happens After My Test?
- In the morning, the technologist will remove all of the sensors. The technologist cannot provide the final results of the study.
- The information gathered during the sleep study will be reviewed and evaluated by a sleep specialist. It may take several days or a week to properly evaluate your sleep study.
- The results of your sleep study will be sent to your physician, who will discuss the results with you.
Trumbull Regional Medical Center Sleep Labs offer home sleep testing (HST) for patients. An at-home sleep study is a convenient way to screen for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea without undergoing an in-laboratory sleep study.
What is a home sleep testing (HST)?
Home sleep testing is performed while you sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about your breathing during sleep to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea , or OSA, occurs when the muscles of the throat relax and the airway collapses during sleep. Air cannot get into the lungs and the level of oxygen in the blood decreases.
Signs of OSA Include:
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Daytime sleepiness or tiredness even after a full night’s sleep
- Loud or frequent snoring
Not everyone should have a home sleep study (HST). While HST is used to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), some sleep disorders are better evaluated in a laboratory. Your health care provider will tell you if HST is right for you.
You should not have HST if:
- You do not have a high risk of OSA
- Your health care provider thinks that you may have another sleep disorder
- You have certain medical conditions.
How does a home test for sleep apnea work?
If you are found to be at risk for sleep disordered breathing, you will be prescribed a small recording device that will be connected to sensors, belts and other accessories to be worn overnight. Various parameters may be recorded such as blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiratory effort and respiratory airflow. The HST device may be picked up at one of our Sleep Center locations. Upon returning the device, a sleep technologists will review the study and one of our board-certified Sleep Physicians will then interpret the results, which will be sent to your health care provider to review with you.
Why would I need an In-Lab Sleep Study?
You may need to stay overnight in a sleep lab if:
- Your HST did not record enough data for a diagnosis
- Your HST results indicate that you do not have OSA but the patient is still symptomatic