The American Fork Hospital Sleep Center offers patients four private and comfortable sleep rooms equipped with the latest testing system for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The lab is operated by certified sleep technicians who use specific testing procedures to make sure each patient is properly diagnosed and treated. Diagnosis of sleep disorders can be done both in our facility and through the use of portable monitoring devices. Sleep tests can be performed during both the day and the night. The Sleep Center offers as many as 10 different sleep studies and tests.
Overnight sleep studies occur at the Sleep Center. You will arrive during the evening and, after a brief orientation, a certified sleep technician will attach various electrodes, bands and monitors to your head, chest and arms. You will then go about your typical nighttime pre-bed ritual: you can do relaxing things such as brush your teeth, read a book, watch the news, or catch up on your knitting.
When it is bed time, you will sleep in one of the Sleep Center sleep rooms. The technicians will monitor your sleep both through the use of video cameras and through the sensors attached to your body. When you wake up in the morning, the technician will remove the sensors and you can get dressed for the day and then enjoy a small continental breakfast. The information from the study will be sent to your physician, who will analyze them and notify you of the results.
Sleep Disorders and Treatments
Sleep disorders cause more problems than simply extra yawns and crankiness. Problems with sleep can cause or make worse numerous other health problems, including issues with the heart, breathing, and brain. Two of the most common sleep disorders — snoring and sleep apnea — are related to diabetes, hypertension, and risk of stroke. Sleep deprivation is also associated with impaired performance, judgment, reasoning, and reaction time.
Other sleep disorders include sleepwalking, periodic limb movements, nightmares and sleep terrors, shift workand jet lag.
For more information about these and dozens more sleep disorders, visit this informational site provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.