Sleep Center Tour

(upbeat guitar music) – This is the Sleep Center
at St. Mark’s Hospital. It’s a dedicated Sleep
Center where patient’s can come to be diagnosed and treated for various sleep disorders
such as sleep apnea, snoring and narcolepsy. When you arrive at St. Mark’s Hospital for your sleep study the sleep lab is located at the Women’s Pavilion. You will park in our secure parking that is monitored continually by the County Sheriff’s Department. After arriving at the Women’s Pavilion you will register and then
head to the sleep lab. This is the location where your technician will great you before
you’re shown to your room. – The primary one is
known as a polysomnogram and it’s multiple channels which include, tracings of brain waves, eye movements, muscle movements in the chin, snoring, muscle movements in the chest,
oxygen saturation or levels. Additionally some of
the more unusual tests can be done during the daytime. There’s something called a
Multiple Sleep Latency Test which is useful in
diagnosing something like Idiopathic CNS Hypersomnolence, drowsiness for unexplained reasons or diagnosing a condition
known as narcolepsy. Those are often done with naps and are daytime studies. After a polysomnogram is completed additional testing may involve a CPAP, which is a small mask worn
over the nose or mouth to push pressure into the airways and the upper throat to
hold it open during sleep. You can use another form
of pressure known as, BiPAP which is delivered
in a slightly different way through a same device. There’s another device called
Assisted Servo-Ventilation that can be used for central sleep apnea. So the devices and masks
and multiple interfaces between the patient and the
pressure providing device are available through this
particular Sleep Center. There are a lot of ways
that a sleep lab can help. I think when a physician
is faced with someone who comes into his or
her office complaining of sleep problems, it
encompasses a huge group of disorders that may cause troubles. From insomnia to over drowsiness from something like narcolepsy or one of the other sleep conditions like restless legs syndrome,
obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea. So a specific sleep test is
marked, or markedly helpful in determining what might be the nature of that sleep disorder. Without knowing the cause of the problem, the drowsiness or the
poorly restorative sleep, is very difficult for
the physician to tailor the proper treatments
to treat sleep apnea. And that’s where a
diagnostic center comes in. As a patient you’re usually asked to come to the sleep lab at
about 8:30 in the evening. At that point the technician
will confirm your identity and then wire you up with multiple things. There are lots of points that
put on your head, the EEG, is what it is and people
see that on television. There’s a microphone
that goes near your chin, some additional wires that are attached near the eyes and usually a
headband is associated with it, a band across the chest
and then EKG leads. So there are a lot of wires and a bridle associated with it that
get attached to a patient. Then, you try to go to sleep
with all those things on and the sleep lab is
designed to be as home-like or hotel-like as can be. – This is the patient
bedroom with a comfortable queen-sized bed and a private bathroom. We try to make your stay
here at the Sleep Center as comfortable and as
home-like as possible. – One of the nice things
I think about the beds here at St. Mark’s is that the patients are asked to select varying
degrees of cushioning that can go, that can be placed on the bed to try to make it as close as possible to your home sleep bed or
as comfortable as possible and because of all the
wires and the discomfort and the unusual nature of being
wired up for a sleep test. I think it’s important to try to make the environment as
comfortable as possible. The monitoring goes on through the night. There’s a technician here for problems or to adjust any leads
as they may come off during the night. – Each patient at the Sleep Center is continually monitored
throughout the night by a sleep technician here
in the observation room. This room is just adjacent
to each patient room. This is to ensure the safety
and comfort of each patient as well as the integrity of the study. – You as a patient shouldn’t expect to get results immediately. The technician won’t be able to tell you, oh, you have terrible sleep apnea, you know expect this
from, usually there’s not a lot of conversation to be
had at the end of the study. The reason being there’s a large volume of data collected during the study and, you know, a stack of
paper probably this thick that needs to be analyzed by sleep experts who then can provide a diagnosis of the type of sleep
apnea and feedback things to your physician. And that takes on the
order of seven to 14 days to get results out of
the study at the end. There are two types of sleep apnea. There’s obstructive and
central sleep apnea. Apnea, by definition,
means no air movement or no breathing. So sleep apnea is no air movement that occurs during sleep. Usually it’s an obstruction
in the upper throat that prevents air from entering the lungs. During an apnea that’s of
the obstructive nature, a person’s blood pressure
will initially sink and then sky rocket after
the apneas relieved, heart rate sinks and then zooms up after you relieve the apnea. The central type is where the brain will forget to send
the signal to the lungs to breath and oxygen
levels can decrease during that particular event as well. If you have sleep apnea
you’re at risk for diabetes, you’re at risk for heart
disease, heart abnormalities. And we know that people
with sleep apnea will die a lot more frequently than people who don’t have sleep apnea. So as a physician who treats sleep apnea I think it’s of utmost
important to maintain good healthy sleep, sleep habits, and then to treat sleep apnea because of all the complications
that may go with it. Now how do you know if
you have sleep apnea. As a patient one of the
biggest things you’ll notice is that you feel like your sleep doesn’t ever satisfy you. You wake up in the mornings and you sleep 10, maybe 12 hours, and you never feel like you got fully rested. And then you tend to fall asleep
when you really shouldn’t. The big things are if you’re
trying to watch a movie, if you sit down to read the newspaper, if you read a book,
then you’ll fall asleep during those things even
though that activity may hold your interest. The biggest thing to
recognize is drowsiness. And then if you combine
drowsiness with snoring then usually people will have sleep apnea with those two complaints. If you add a third indicator in, if you have high blood pressure,
snoring and drowsiness, you about 95 to 99% of
the time have sleep apnea. So just those three simple things will be predictive of sleep apnea in a large number of people. People who successfully treat sleep apnea, doctors, and patients who
have successful treatment for sleep apnea that
they can tolerate well will find huge changes in their life. They’ll get more energy, they’ll be able to stay awake during events
that they couldn’t before. Some people with extremely
severe sleep apnea will be literally pulled
from the brink of death back to functioning lifestyles and back to normal daily function. So it’s tremendously satisfying from a physician’s standpoint and from a patient’s standpoint when it works well because it is literally a life-altering treatment. – [Announcer] For more
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