SLEEP is an important part of our overall health. It renews the body and mind. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel refreshed and renewed.
SLEEP DISORDERS are conditions that interrupt our ability to sleep properly. There are a variety of forms of sleep disorders. These conditions can lower our quality of life and cause personal health problems. Sleep disorders can affect your daily life and put you at risk. Left untreated, sleep disorders can contribute to health problems related to heart attacks, strokes, and congestive heart failure, and can contribute to the severity of other diseases.
THE SLEEP CENTER AT OKLAHOMA HEART HOSPITAL specializes in the disorders that affect your sleep. We can diagnose and treat sleep problems through our board certified physicians that specialize in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Our center is a four bed facility with highly qualified and certified staff.
HOW CAN I GET A SLEEP STUDY? If you suspect you have a sleep disorder discuss it with your physician, nurse practitioner, or respiratory therapist. If it is determined that you need a sleep evaluation or a sleep study you or your medical professional can contact the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Sleep Center to schedule a sleep evaluation, a sleep study, or both.
SLEEP EVALUATION can be done to see if you are at high risk and qualify for a sleep study. An extensive consultation appointment with a board certified sleep physician will focus on your history and symptoms of sleep problems. If the physician determines you require a sleep study our Sleep Center at Oklahoma Heart Hospital will schedule you for an overnight sleep study.
The cost of the sleep evaluation and sleep study is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.
SLEEP STUDIES are diagnostic tests that help determine a specific sleep disorder. There are several types of sleep studies available.
- Polysomnogram – A basic sleep study that monitors the patient during sleep. It collects information to help the physician determine if a sleep disorder is present.
- CPAP Titration – A therapeutic study that focuses on treatment of sleep apnea. You are monitored while gradually increasing levels of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to eliminate apneic events.
- Split Night Study – A diagnostic study (polysomnogram) and the CPAP titration combined into one exam. If signs of significant apneas are identified, CPAP will be initiated in order to eliminate the apneas.
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) – A test through a series of naps following an overnight study for narcolepsy.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DAY OF YOUR TEST
- DO NOT sleep or take any naps after you wake up in the morning
- DO NOT consume any drinks that contain caffeine in them. Only
drink water or caffeine free products.
- SHOWER and wash your hair before you come in for your study.
Do not apply lotions or gels to your skin. They may interfere with
- PILLOWS from home are allowed. If you prefer your own pillow,
please bring them with you the night of your study. You will need to
bring your night clothes, pajamas, or shorts to sleep in for the night.
- MEDICATIONS should be taken as usual, unless otherwise directed
by your doctor or nurse practitioner. If you take any medications that
are scheduled after you leave from home, please bring them with
you to the Sleep Center in their original bottles. These may include
pain medications, insulin, glucose tabs, glucose monitor, etc.