Sleep Studies and Treatment Options
The sleep experts at Swedish Hospital provide comfortable overnight sleep studies to identify sleep disorders. Once a sleep disorder is diagnosed, your personalized care team will decide the best course of action for you, allowing you to get the rest you need quickly and improve quality of life.
Overnight Sleep Studies
Your physician may recommend a sleep study to begin the process of understanding your sleep patterns. During the study, you'll sleep through the night in a quiet, private room with home-like amenities to put you at ease and best replicate your normal sleeping schedule. Most insurance carriers offer coverage for facility-based sleep studies.
What to Expect
Whether your bedtime is at night or during the day, we'll schedule your arrival for shortly before you would normally go to sleep. A sleep technician will highlight the equipment used in your study. You will then change into your normal sleep attire and relax, watch television or read.
Sensors are applied to your head, abdomen and fingers to monitor 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 also have a video camera to allow specialists to observe your movement during sleep.
You'll awake the next day to resume your normal routine, so there's no need to take time off work.
Home Sleep Study
In addition to our overnight sleep studies, we also provide at-home sleep studies allowing you to rest comfortably and sleep in your own environment.
This easy-to-use equipment can be picked up at the Sleep and Neurodiagnostic Center and provide a convenient and cost-effective alternative to overnight sleep studies for patients who qualify.
Your sleep technician and medical specialists will collaborate with your physician to create an individualized treatment plan based on on their diagnostic findings and 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 may be recommended in cases of severe, life-threatening sleep apnea.
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.
For more information on the Sleep and Neurodiagnostic Center, call
773-878-8200, ext. 2429.