The Sleep Disorders Center at Heywood Hospital
The Sleep Disorders Center provides testing in a state-of-the-art lab, focusing on quality of care, patient comfort and convenience, and responsiveness to referring physicians. The Center consists of a 4-bed state of the art sleep lab and is located on the first floor of the Hospital in the Cardiopulmonary wing. Patient rooms are equipped to monitor patients during sleep and to provide non-invasive ventilation. The center offers diagnostics and treatment for Insomnia, Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Restless Legs Syndrome and other sleep disorders.
Shown above is a patient room in the Sleep Disorders Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
How common are sleep disorders and sleep deprivation?
Sleep disorders are very common. Nearly 40 million adults suffer from sleep disorders. More than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with daily activities at least a few days each month, with 20 percent reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
The NSF reports that fatigue contributes to more than 100,000 highway accidents, which cause 71,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths each year in the United States.
What’s involved in a sleep study?
After a consultation with one of our physicians, patients referred to the Sleep Disorders Center may be scheduled for an overnight sleep study in our lab. This allows patients to be monitored overnight by noninvasive equipment that measures sleep, respiration, snoring, muscle activity, heart rhythm and position. On the day of the sleep study we encourage you to:
- Wear pajamas that have a separate top and bottom to accommodate the monitoring sensors.
- Wash your hair, shower and shave before you come in. This helps us obtain quality signals throughout the night.
- Do not drink caffeinated beverages or nap after noon on the day of the study.
- Bring a list of your medications including names and doses. If you take medications at night, you should bring these with you. We are not able to dispense medications in the Sleep Disorders Center.
- Bring things from home that will make you comfortable – a book, a favorite pillow or blanket.
Our sleep studies include digital audio and video recordings to monitor for movement disorders during sleep.
Extensive information is collected during a sleep test; therefore it may take a few weeks to get a final report. Your sleep physician will receive a preliminary report the morning after your test and you will receive your results at the time of a follow-up visit. Call your sleep physician’s office to make a follow-up appointment after you have had your sleep study if one has not been scheduled.
What happens after a sleep study?
Diagnosing and treating sleep disorders involves more than sleep testing. Your sleep physician, psychologist and/or dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan, which includes follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address problems. For people diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, treatment may also include a close working relationship between you, a homecare company and your sleep physician. Your sleep physician will send results of your evaluation, test results and follow-up to your primary care physician. We will also work with your other health care providers to help you reach the best possible outcomes.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep and loss of oxygen. In a given night, the number of apneic events may be as high as 20 to 60 or more per hour. The frequent interruptions of deep, restorative sleep often lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and an early morning headache. Early recognition and treatment of sleep apnea is vital because it may be associated with hypertension, heart attack and stroke. Obstructive sleep apnea affects up to 18 million Americans.
How is sleep apnea treated?
The main treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device that forces compressed air into the nasal passages via a nose mask to keep airway open during sleep. Very mild cases may be managed simply by keeping patients off their backs when sleeping. Cases of mild severity also are sometimes amenable to using dental devices that adjust jaw position and maintain airway patency during sleep. Various surgical procedures are also options for mild sleep apnea, particularly in younger patients who are not obese.
A fee is required for our professional services, which may be covered by your insurance carrier. Contact your insurance plan or HMO for more information.
M.D. referral is required.
Please call (978) 630-6222 for more information. A variety of times are available to accommodate your needs.