EXPERT SLEEP DISORDER EVALUATION
At The Spine Hospital of Louisiana, we understand the importance of getting a good night’s rest and are here to help you find the restful sleep you need. We offer one of Baton Rouge’s only full-service Sleep Centers accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Our sleep studies are conducted in our specially designed bedroom laboratory that looks and feels like home, yet contains the most state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your sleeping patterns. Our expert team includes sleep disorder specialists and registered sleep technicians who expertly evaluate a wide range of adult sleep disorders:
- Sleep Apnea
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Shift Work Disorder
- Sleep Walking
- Sleep Terrors
- REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
Our sleep experts will work closely with your referring physician to help diagnose and treat your sleep issues.
WHY IS MY DOCTOR REFERRING ME TO YOUR SLEEP CENTER?
IT COULD BE BECAUSE ONE OF THESE RISK FACTORS:
- You get 8 hours sleep at night but still feel tired during the day
- Your partner says you snore loudly, choke, or even gasp at night
- You have a really hard time falling or staying asleep at night
- You catch yourself waking up several times during the night
- Your body mass index (BMI) is over 30
SLEEP TESTS OFFERED
The sleep experts at The Spine Hospital commonly perform these special tests that record what happens to your body during sleep in order to find out what is causing your sleep problems:
POLYSOMNOGRAM (PSG) STUDY
The main sleep study test used by our experts to diagnose the root of a sleep disorder. An overnight stay in our Sleep Center is required to monitor brain activity, breathing, heartbeat patterns and leg movements.
POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE (PAP) TITRATION
The study ordered after a sleep apnea diagnosis. An overnight stay in our Sleep Center with a Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) mask is required to assess the best way to return sleep breathing to normal patterns and decrease snoring.
MULTIPLE SLEEP LATENCY TEST (MSLT)/DAYTIME NAP STUDY
A daytime study in our Sleep Center to test for excessive sleepiness by measuring how quickly a patient falls asleep in a quiet environment during the day using a series of sensors. The results help diagnose narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.
A polysomnogram (PSG) test is a study of the body and the brain waves during sleep.
YOUR SLEEP STUDY
With the exception of Home Sleep Testing (HST)–or sleep studies performed in the comfort of your own home–sleep studies typically involve spending one night in our bedroom laboratory. Prior to your Sleep Study, special sensors will be connected to your head for painless monitoring of your breathing, brain waves, heart activity, eye movements, and muscle movements while you sleep.How to Prepare for your Sleep Study
TOOLS TO EVALUATE YOUR SLEEP
EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE (ESS)
Many sleep disorders are characterized by patients suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). EDS is characterized by persistent sleepiness and often a general lack of energy, even after what is perceived as an adequate amount of nighttime sleep. Take this test which uses the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), the standard method of assessment in the world of sleep medicine to assess your general level of daytime sleepiness. Then, share your results with your physician.
If you are undergoing any type of surgical procedure, it is recommended that you be screened for sleep apnea PRIOR to surgery to avoid developing serious cardiovascular complications such as cardiac arrest or shock. Physicians often use the “STOP-bang” questionnaire to screen at risk surgery candidates. If you think you may have sleep apnea, ask your physician about these important screening methods or take our self-test.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A SLEEP STUDY
Lack of sleep can not only take a toll on your job, relationships, and productivity, but also on your health and safety. In fact many serious medical conditions have been linked to sleep deprivation including:
- Heart Attack
- Type II Diabetes
If you have sleep problems that last longer than a few weeks, it is recommended that you talk to your physician about scheduling a sleep study at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana.
REQUEST A SLEEP STUDY
Request a sleep study today by calling our Sleep Center scheduling line: (225) 763-9900 ext. 7164. We will contact your physician to see if a sleep test is right for you and obtain any information needed. Then, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. If you are a referring physician, download our Sleep Center referral form and fax to (225) 906-4840. Our Sleep Center is located on the 2nd Floor.Download Our Sleep Study Referral Form Get Directions to The Spine Hospital