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At Littleton Adventist Hospital, you can have confidence in your care and evaluation. Board-certified physicians direct the sleep disorders program and evaluate your results.
Having a sleep study in a hospital setting offers the highest degree of safety and security, especially for those who have more complex medical problems, such as cardiac disease. A board-certified Respiratory Therapist/Registered Polysomnographic Sleep Technologist will supervise your overnight stay and will care for no more than two patients each night.
Sleep study tests require an overnight stay in a private, beautifully-decorated room. You may bring your own sleep clothing, pillow and personal items for a comfortable stay. If you are being evaluated as part of a daytime study, meals will be provided.
Upon arriving at the Sleep Disorder Center, your technician will show you to your room, ask you some questions and explain the procedure. The technician will apply devices to monitor brain waves (EEG), respiratory flow and effort, oxygen levels, muscle tone, leg movements, snoring, heart rate (EKG) and eye movements. The sleep study is completely painless. Data is collected as you sleep and reviewed by a sleep physician. Results are also sent to your referring physician and a treatment plan is established on an individual basis.
Sleep studies we perform at the Littleton Sleep Disorder Center:
Contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment, 303-738-2570.
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Sleep lab staff members can diagnose and treat conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, night terrors, sleep walking, and more.
"There are many different types of sleep disorders, and they often go undiagnosed," says Kim Hegemann, registered respiratory therapist and manager of respiratory services and the Sleep Disorder Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital. "If left untreated, these conditions can lead to more serious health conditions, including heart problems and high blood pressure."
If you are tired in the mornings when you wake up, snore loudly, stop breathing during your sleep, or frequently fall asleep when reading or watching TV, you should be evaluated by a sleep specialist.
During a sleep study, a patient will sleep in a comfortable hotel-like setting while a registered technician monitors things like heart rate, breathing patterns, brain waves, snoring, and blood oxygen levels. Once this data is evaluated by a sleep credentialed physician, a treatment plan can be developed.
From the March 2011 issue of
Your Health Your Hospital.
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