Detecting Common Sleep Disorders
An overnight stay at Union Hospital's Sleep Center – in a private room with a comfortable bed and TV – allows our specially trained professionals to detect and prescribe solutions to sleep disorders that may be dangerous to a patient's health.
Some common sleep disorders include:
- Chronic Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. The cause may be sleep apnea, depression, stress or misuse of sleeping pills.
- Sleep Apnea is a condition in which breathing stops many times a night for periods up to two minutes. It may be in the form of frequent pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing. Sleep apnea may cause loud snoring, choking noises and poor quality of sleep.
- Narcolepsy is a disorder which causes a person to fall asleep suddenly many times a day.
- Restless Leg Syndrome is a disorder that causes a "crawling" sensation in the legs when you lie down to sleep, which may disappear once the legs move.
- Periodic Limb Movement is a condition where during sleep, arms and legs jerk repeatedly, followed by a tired feeling when awakened.
- Snoring can be more than a nuisance. Frequent or loud snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.
- Sleepwalking is a sequence of behaviors that can cause a person to get out of bed and walk without full consciousness.
How to Schedule a Sleep Study
A doctor's referral is required for you to seek help and diagnosis at the UH Sleep Medicine Center. It is recommended that you ask your insurance company if sleep testing is covered. The sleep study test is considered an outpatient testing procedure.