Are You Getting a Good Night’s Sleep?
- Need an alarm clock to get up?
- Have difficulty getting out of bed?
- Wake up feeling irritable, stressed and un-refreshed?
- Feel tired throughout the day?
If so, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. The appropriate amount and quality of sleep provides mental and physical restoration. Many individuals do not have restorative sleep, which can significantly affect daily functioning and quality of life.
Benefits of a good night sleep:
- Reduces stress
- Increases alertness
- Increases memory
- Assist with weight loss
The Carrus Specialty Hospitals Sleep Center offers state-of-the-art procedures and testing services to aid in the diagnoses of sleep disorders. Our board certified sleep physicians can provide evaluation, treatment and close follow-up.
Signs and symptoms of sleep disorders
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Not breathing at night
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Acting out dreams
- Wake frequently to urinate
- Snore loudly
- Morning Headaches
- Restless legs
- Multiple awakenings at night
- Poorly controlled blood pressure
- Anxiety, irritability or depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- Personality changes
- Restless sleep
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your physician and have them send us a referral.
Carrus Outpatient Services Offered
- Daytime Diagnostic sleep studies (for shift workers)
- Maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT) for police, firefighters and nurses
- Multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT)
- Overnight Diagnostic sleep studies
- Sleep studies with CPAP/BiLevel/ASV Titrations
- Diagnostic home sleep testing for those who qualify
- Desensitization for CPAP users with one of our technicians
- Oral Appliance Titrations
- Oxygen available
- Patient education and support
What to Expect During an Overnight Stay
Coming for a sleep study can often make a patient feel apprehensive. To assist with this, we aim to make our bedrooms spacious, comfortable and relaxing. Our bedrooms are equipped with:
- Big screen TV with DVD player
- WiFi services
- Comfortable Queen size beds
- Morning refreshments
If you are scheduled for an overnight sleep study, you will be expected to arrive in the evening around 8:00 pm. Be sure to bring pajamas, toiletries and a change of clothes, since you will be spending the night and may need to go directly to work from the sleep center the next morning. For your convenience, we have on-site shower and bathroom facilities, including bath towels. However, we do not provide any food service, so it’s important that you have your evening meal before arriving to the sleep center. If you prefer, you can also bring some snacks or water if needed prior to going to bed. We do provide morning refreshments.
You will be assigned to a comfortable room, which should remind you of a hotel room in some ways. You will be asked to change into your night clothes, and thereafter a sleep technician will apply monitors to your head, neck and extremities. The wires connect to our monitoring equipment. The application of the monitoring wires is painless. You can watch TV or relax during the set-up process, which may take about 45 minutes. After this is completed, you can relax by reading or watching TV until you are ready to go to bed. After you settle into bed, the lights will be turned off so you can comfortably drift off to sleep. While you are sleeping, the sleep technician will remain awake and monitor all of the information being collected. The data collected will include brain waves to determine which stage of sleep you are in, air flow from the mouth and nose, oxygen saturation levels, respiratory rate, heart rate, body position, eye movements, snoring sounds, leg movements, and breathing events.
Upon awakening the next morning, you will be gently disconnected from the wires so you can get dressed for the day. After being disconnected at the completion of the study, you are free to leave at any time. Normally, patients are expected to stay for sleep monitoring until 6 am.