Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 12, 2013 @ 7:34PM
Created on February 12, 2013 @ 6:40PM
Sleeping well is a key factor in being productive during the day; however, millions of people in the United States have a chronic sleep disorder. A lot of them turn to sleep studies to solve the problem.
"Most of the time the problem is excessive daytime sleepiness. The second most common cause is snoring and the third one is fatigue," said Dr. Salam Rajjoub, UHC Sleep Center Director.
For some, there's more serious problems.
"The bed-partner or someone can witness apnea - the patient quit breathing," said Dr. Rajjoub.
The patients first meet with a sleep specialist to go over their history and have a physical exam of their mouth, neck and body. Then, they spend one night at a certified sleep center monitored by a sleep technician.
"They bring the patients in, they get them prepped for the sleep study," said Rich Zorick, Director of Respiratory Therapy and the Sleep Lab at UHC.
Preparation takes about an hour. You fill out paperwork then get hooked up to electrodes that monitor your movements. They allow specialists to see how well you sleep, the stages of your sleep, restless leg syndrome and how your heart works through the night.
"How good the patient breath during sleep. What's the oxygenation, did they have obstructive apneas, did they have central apneas?" described Dr. Rajjoub.
If apneas are notices, patients may have a second test done.
"They will see the sleep technician, he will put patches and wires on them as well as he will size them for a mask. Then, we will dial the pressure, we will push filtered air where we can split the airway open so the patient would not quit breathing and the don't snore and their oxygen normalizes," said Dr. Rajjoub.
Next week on 5 News we will have more on how the results from sleep studies can change your life.
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Feb 13, 2013 at 12:37 AM
There is NO way I could sleep with that huge monstrosity on my face! I more than likely need to but I wouldn't do it because that in itself would prevent me from sleeping.