It is important to the Sleep Center staff that we find the right treatment options for you in regaining control over your sleep habits. Find information here related to the sleep study process, how to evaluate your sleep, your heart health as it relates to your sleeping habits and some myths about sleep studies.
Sleep Study Myths
We typically have our patients out in a timely fashion. Some nights are better than others, and we can accommodate your schedule.
Sleep Apnea means that your breathing stops or gets very shallow while you are sleeping, and it is not exclusive to obesity. Sleep Apnea can happen for a number of different reasons, which is why a sleep study is necessary to diagnose and then find an effective treatment.
Many people are claustrophobic, but we have developed several successful alternative therapies to help patients find an acceptable treatment for their sleep apnea. CPAP is not a “one-size-fits-all” treatment, and we will work with our patients to find the therapy that best meets their needs.
Sleep Study Process
A sleep study can seem scary and uncomfortable. Here is some information in regards to the sleep study process at the Neuroscience Sleep Center in Ocean Springs and to help you prepare for what to expect.
At the Sleep Center
During a sleep study, the patient spends the night under observation at the Sleep Center. After arriving at the Sleep Center in the evening, the patient gets ready for bed according to his or her regular bedtime routine. The patient is typically allowed to have any medications normally taken at home and can watch television for a while. Each patient has their own climate control. Then, it’s lights-out – the staff will use infrared lighting.
The Sleep Center staff monitors the vital signs, sleep cycles and behaviors of the sleeping patient. For the patient, the experience is very similar to spending the night in a comfortable hotel room. The morning after your sleep study, there will be a brief consultation with the certified sleep technician who has monitored and recorded the night’s events. It is at this point that the patient is able to return home.
The digital study itself is scored and reviewed by the sleep physician. During a follow-up appointment within days of the study, treatment options are discussed and a course of action is planned with the doctor.
Sleep disorders can be caused by breathing or behavioral issues, possibly a poor sleep environment, or a movement disorder such as restless leg syndrome. The doctors at the Sleep Center work with all patients to find the solution that best fits their individual needs and lifestyle.