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Sleep and Neurodiagnostic Center

The Sleep and Neurodiagnostic Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of Chicago's premier institutions for evaluating and curing sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy. The center allows for overnight and at home studies to help determine which treatment option will be most effective.

Whether you suffer from disturbed sleep, insomnia, and narcolepsy, the sleep center at Swedish Covenant Hospital can help.

Sleep Apnea
The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are often confusing. The classic symptoms include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, breathing pauses during sleep and snorting or gasping during sleep. Many individuals who have sleep apnea feel tired all the time, fall asleep when they don't want to and are at risk of hypertension, heart failure and stroke.


Snoring is more than a joke and can lead to deeper problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease. While snoring is more common in men, 5 percent of woman snore regularly which is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea, when breathing is interrupted during sleep. There are two types, obstructive sleep apnea, caused by a blockage of a person's airway, and central sleep apnea, caused by an instable respiratory control center. Central sleep apnea is seen frequently in persons who have suffered from a stroke, heart failure or other forms of cardiac and pulmonary disease.

Insomnia
You toss and turn, stare at the ceiling or turn on the television. Morning comes and you're exhausted. These are symptoms of insomnia, or the inability to sleep, and can be caused by illness, significant life stresses, environmental noises, or interferences in a person's normal sleep schedule, such as changing from a day to night work shift. Insomnia doesn't discriminate by age; however, more than two-thirds of older adults experience symptoms.
The inability to sleep could also signal other conditions, including depression, chronic stress and nighttime pain, often making health conditions worse. Talking with a sleep specialist is one of the first steps in treatment.

Narcolepsy
You fall asleep at work,while driving or during conversation. You could suffer from narcolepsy, or excessive sleep, which affects an estimated 25 in 100,000 Americans. Narcolepsy may cause you to fall asleep uncontrollably throughout the day, can induce excessive daytime sleepiness or even cause hallucinations. Ignoring the symptoms can pose tremendous danger while driving, operating machinery or carrying out daily tasks.
The exact cause of narcolepsy is unknown; however, it usually begins between the ages of 15 and 25. Symptoms may be treated with medications and lifestyle adjustments, such as avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening, finishing your exercise routine at least three hours before bed and following a routine time for going to bed and getting up. Early detection is a major advantage in treating narcolepsy.

For more information, contact the Sleep & Neurodiagnostic Center at 773-878-8200, ext. 2429 


The sleep experts at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago provide comfortable, painless, overnight sleep studies to identify sleep disorders.

Your physician may recommend a sleep study to begin the process of completely understanding your sleep patterns. During the study, you'll sleep through the night in a quiet, private room — much like a hotel rather than a medical facility.

Whether your bedtime is at night or during the day, you'll schedule your arrival for shortly before your normal bedtime. A sleep technician highlights the equipment to be used in your study, and as they prepare to begin, you remain in your room, changing into your normal sleep attire. You'll simply relax, watch television or read.

Sensors then are applied to your head, abdomen and fingers to monitor activities such as oxygen level, heart rate, stage of sleep, eye movement, muscle tone and breathing. All attached wires are tied behind your head like a pony tail, allowing you to move freely. Your room will have a video camera to allow specialists to observe your sleep movements.

Your sleep technician and medical specialists then collaborate with your physician on their findings, including all diagnostic and treatment recommendations. You'll awake the next day to resume your normal routine, so there's no need to take time off work. And most insurance carriers offer coverage for facility-based sleep studies.

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Your treatment plan will take into account your medical history and physical examination report. That plan may include a polysomnography, a diagnostic test commonly used to measure and record physiological variables such as brain electrical activity, eye and jaw muscle movement, leg muscle movement, airflow, respiratory effort, EKG and oxygen saturation. 

Other treatment options include behavioral therapy, physical and technical therapy. Surgical tracheostomy is a treatment for severe, life-threatening sleep apnea.

Your specialist at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago will determine the best course of action for your condition. Once a treatment plan is implemented, you will find your way back to a good night's rest, have more energy and have a heightened quality of life.

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