A good night's sleep isn't a luxury. Sleep is absolutely vital to good health. But millions of people struggle with sleep disorders, and many don't take the issue seriously. If you've been dealing with any condition that interrupts your normal sleep-wake patterns—and impacts your personal, family or work life—it's time to take action. The Sleep Center at Berger Health System can help.
Sleep disorders we treat
Our Sleep Center is designed to help detect, treat and manage all types of sleep disorders. Often, people come to us due to:
- Sleep apnea. People with this sleep disorder may snore, snort or gasp for air intermittently during sleep. If it's left untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure and even premature death.
- Periodic limb movement disorder. Repetitive, regular movement of the toes, ankles, knees or hips during sleep characterizes this disorder.
- Narcolepsy. This neurological sleep disorder can begin at any age and continue throughout life. It's characterized by excessive sleepiness, paralysis during sleep and hallucinations. Some people experience paralysis while laughing or feeling a strong emotion, too.
- Insomnia. An inability to fall asleep or stay asleep defines this sleep disorder.
These are just a few of the many different types of sleep disorders we can address in our Sleep Center.
Sleep disorder tests we offer
In our Sleep Center, we offer sleep tests such as:
- Maintenance of wakefulness.
- Multiple sleep latency.
The results of these tests can help us to understand how alert you feel, how quickly you can fall asleep and how well you sleep through the night.
Sleep studies are conducted in rooms that are private and homelike. We'll connect you to monitoring machinery, including state-of-the-art EEG equipment, to monitor your sleep patterns, breathing rate, heart activity and movement as you sleep.
Your sleep experts
Our sleep technologists run sleep studies, and they have years of experience. They work under the direction of our pulmonary director, who has a wealth of experience in identifying the conditions that might compromise a good night's sleep.
We can pinpoint the best steps to improve your sleep patterns. We can work with your doctor to determine the best way to treat your sleeping disorder. And we can use additional tests to ensure that your treatment plan is working and that you're sleeping better.
Do you need a sleep test?
If you think you'll benefit from a sleep test, visit with your doctor. You'll need a referral to take part, and your doctor can arrange that for you.
If you're not sure you should mention your sleep problem to your doctor, take our sleep assessment quiz.