Nearly one in five people suffer from long-term sleep disorders or occasional sleep problems. Could you be one of them? Mercy Sleep Center in Fort Scott, Kan., can help diagnosis and treat sleep disorders and related conditions.
The sleep center features two comfortable sleeping rooms that have the look and feel of home. Patients stay overnight for monitoring. Sensors are placed at various points on the body to measure brain waves, air flow and eye movements. A sleep technician is nearby evaluating the information and documenting the trends. Results of the test are sent to the patient’s physician.
Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can be life-threatening and may put you at higher risk for serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and obesity.
- Snoring loudly or heavily while asleep
- Excessive sleepiness of lack of energy in the daytime
- Holding your breath while you sleep
- Sleep problems interfering with your home or work life
- Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine
If you are experiencing any symptoms of a sleep disorder, ask your doctor about a sleep study referral at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.
What Can I Expect from a Sleep Study?
On the night of your appointment, our friendly staff will welcome you and show you to your room. You can drive yourself to your appointment, but make sure not to take any medications that may make you sleepy prior to arriving for your study.
Spending the night in our sleep lab is much like sleeping in a hotel, but with a few extra bells and whistles (monitors). Each room is private, with its own queen size bed, fan, climate control and TV. Mercy WIFI is also available. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with shower.
Before you drift off to dreamland, we’ll attach the monitors (painless electrodes placed on the surface of the skin) that will record you heart rate, breathing, brain waves, muscle movements and oxygen saturation while you sleep.
If you have sleep apnea, a certain number of sleep apnea events must occur before 1 a.m. in order for the sleep tech to apply a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine for titration that night. If the number of apnea events needed to justify CPAP occurs after 1 a.m., a second night of testing will be needed for the titration. The second night of testing will need to be scheduled and is subject to insurance approval and billing.
Remember, the more sleep you get, the better the information we have for evaluation.
Under most circumstances, you will need to leave the sleep lab before 5 a.m. the following morning. You should have results within seven to 10 business days.
Do’s and Don’ts for Your Sleep Study
- Bring loose-fi tting clothing, preferably a two-piece nightwear outfit such as loose-fitting shorts and a T-shirt.
- Bring any personal items you may need, such as a robe, slippers, toothbrush, deodorant, pillow or other things you would need if you planned to spend a night away from home.
- Shower or bathe before coming to the Sleep Lab, but don’t use any hair care products (gel, mousse, and hairspray).
- Bring all of your medications: prescription, herbal and over-the-counter. Medications must be in their original packaging or prescription bottle. If you take medication to help you sleep, bring it with you, but don’t take it before arriving at Mercy Sleep Medicine.
- Use any lotions, oils, ointment, powder or makeup.
- Bring beepers or portable phones, as the noise could disrupt you or others. All electronic devices brought to Mercy Sleep Medicine must be placed on silent during the testing.
- Nap on the day of your scheduled test.
- Consume caffeine after 4 p.m. on the day of your test.
Note: Acrylic nails can interfere with the testing process and might result in the need to remove the polish or nail from one index finger.