|The staff at NorthPointe Sleep Solutions is dedicated to improve the health and quality of patients with sleep disorders.|
Many people take a good night’s sleep for granted, but there are millions of people of all ages who fail to get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep disorders can impact your life in many ways, affecting not only your health but your energy levels, work performance, social life and relationships. There are many types of sleep disorders that can be identified and treated. Our sleep physician treats many sleep disorders such as but not limited to: obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders, and restless leg syndrome.
What are common Sleep Disorders?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing during your sleep. These events can occur 30 times or more per hour. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, morning headaches, frequent urination at night and increased cognitive difficulty.
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and work and driving related accidents.
Insomnia can occur when someone has difficulty maintaining sleep, falling asleep or waking from sleep, and not feeling rested upon waking. Insomnia can be primary, not associated with any other health condition, or secondary, because of a different health condition like asthma or back pain.
Narcolepsy is described as an uncontrollable daytime sleep attack. It is a disorder of the central nervous system and causes people to fall asleep when they want to be awake, even if they have slept the entire night before. Symptoms may include sleep paralysis which is not being able to move when first waking up, dream-like hallucinations, and sudden loss of muscle tone while awake.
These are problems such as nightmares, sleepwalking, abnormal movements or activities that occur only during sleep or initiated by sleep.
Circadian Rhythm Disorders
This disorder occurs when the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle is disrupted and you are not able to sleep at the appropriate time. Going to sleep much later (delayed sleep phase) and going to sleep much earlier (advanced sleep phase) are common symptoms. Unusual schedules such as (shift work) and travelling across time zones (jet lag) can also cause circadian rhythm disorders.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless Leg syndrome is a movement disorder where there is an urge or need to move the legs during sleep. Many patients report a tingling, pulling or pain sensation in the legs, resulting in the urge to move them. This can make it difficult to initiate or maintain sleep
How can these Sleep Disorders be diagnosed?
There are several tests that can be performed at NorthPointe Sleep Solutions. All of these tests require that you have a detailed sleep focused exam by your physician or the Sleep Physician prior to testing.
During a polysomnogram at NorthPointe Sleep Solutions you will spend the night in a private, comfortable and quiet room. A polysomnogram is the basis for all other tests and is used primarily to identify and measure sleep abnormalities. Before the test, small sensors are attached to your head and body to measure and record brain wave activity, heart rhythm, muscle tension, breathing patterns and leg and eye movements. After the test is over it is reviewed by a sleep physician who interprets the results, makes a diagnosis and develops a treatment plan. Occasionally patients may need to return for a second study.
If the basic polysomnogram identifies obstructive sleep apnea, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask will be applied that covers your nose or nose and mouth. During the study the sleep technologist will adjust a pressure of air you receive through the mask. This pressure of air holds your airway open and allows you to breathe air in and out.
Split Night Titration
A split night titration study is a combination of the basic polysomnogram and a CPAP titration study. If obstructive apnea presents soon enough and frequently enough during the first few hours of your study, the CPAP mask can be applied and adjusted to an adequate pressure on the same night.
Multiple Sleep Latency test (MSLT)
It is the test used to help diagnose Narcolepsy. It requires that several scheduled naps be taken during the day following a full night polysomnogram. A sleep physician may order this test after a polysomnogram.
Home Sleep Study (HST)
Some patients may be eligible for HST, if they have a high pre-test probability of sleep apnea and no signs or symptoms of co-morbid conditions such as congestive heart failure, severe pulmonary disease, neurological disorders or other conditions that would prevent them from using this equipment at home. The test is only used to detect but not treat sleep apnea. This study requires recommendation from the Sleep Physician who will determine if you are a candidate for an in home study.
About Sleep Solutions
NorthPointe Sleep Solutions has an experienced, well trained staff with up to date knowledge of sleep, that focus on delivering excellent care to our patients with sleep disorders. Our registered Sleep technologists are credentialed by the Board of Registered Sleep Technologists. NorthPointe Sleep Solutions is located at the NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus.
How do I get diagnosed and treated?
After a sleep focused exam, your physician can refer you directly to NorthPointe Sleep Solutions. If your physician recommends a diagnostic study, you will be contacted by the Sleep Solutions staff to schedule an appointment. If you have further questions about NorthPointe Sleep Solutions or want additional information about sleep disorders, please contact NorthPointe Sleep Solutions staff at 815-525-4810 or 608-364-5481. Overnight sleep studies are outpatient procedures.