Sleep apnea is seen more frequently among men than women, particularly African-American and Hispanic men. A major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking up in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache. But not all of these symptoms are always present. Only a sleep study in a sleep laboratory or a home sleep study can show definitively, that sleep apnea is present and just how severe it is.
1 IN 3 AMERICANS HAVE UNDIAGNOSED SLEEP DISORDERS
40% OF ALL AMERICANS REPORT DIFFICULTY EITHER FALLING ASLEEP OR STAYING ASLEEP.
SLEEP PROBLEMS ADD AN ESTIMATED 15.9 BILLION TO NATIONAL HEALTH CARE COSTS.
THOSE WHO HAVE UNTREATED SLEEP APNEA ARE 4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM A STROKE.
AN ESTIMATED 90% OF THE POPULATION OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA HAS NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED.
NEARLY HALF OF PEOPLE WITH OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA ARE ALSO DIAGNOSED WITH HYPERTENSION
PEOPLE WITH SLEEP APNEA ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE INVOLVED IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS.
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Do not eat or drink caffeine after 12:00 pm (noon). Avoid coffee, chocolate, and tea.
Please do not consume alcoholic beverages or intoxicating substances on the day of your study.
Eat a normal meal before coming to the sleep center.
Make sure to shower or bathe, wash and dry your hair, and please do not apply hair sprays, oils, gels, cologne, or perfumes.
Please avoid applying makeup before coming in.
There is no need to shave facial hair, but please “clean up” the area.
Loose fitting pajama type clothing, top and bottom, and a change of clothes if needed.
A book or magazine if desired; however, your bedroom has a large flat screen TV with cable.
Your medications as prescribed and ordered by your doctor.
You will have your own private bedroom in the sleep center
The hook-up process is painless and takes about 30-45 minutes to get you set up for your overnight sleep study.
Electrodes will be placed on your body to monitor sleep stages, eye movements, muscle activity, respiration and oxygen levels.
Our sleep technician will be monitoring you throughout the night for signs of sleep disorders, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Periodic limb Movements, as well as providing you with CPAP therapy if necessary.
If you require CPAP therapy, you will be fitted with a mask of choice to treat your sleep disordered breathing.
In the morning, our sleep technician will remove all monitoring devices and the study will end around 6:00 am.
We provide a complimentary, continental-type breakfast; which, includes coffee, tea, juices, and snacks.
Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions
Tel: (562) 420-7353