Life Directly Relates To The Quality Of Your Sleep.
The Center for Sleep Disorders at St. Joseph Medical Center is state-of-the-art on two fronts.
- Patient-monitoring equipment is the latest on the market
- Room amenities are equal to many five-star hotels
The benefit to patients coming for a sleep study at St. Joseph Medical Center is that they will receive a thorough diagnostic work-up to identify the source of their sleep problems and they will be sleeping in a beautiful room with either Tempur-Pedic® or Hästens mattresses.
Each room is equipped with:
- Flat-screen TV
- Lounge chairs
- Queen or king sized bed
- Private bathrooms
- Immediate access to hospital personnel
The Center’s soothing environment contributes to a more accurate sleep study in that patients are able to relax enough to get to sleep and provide a more detailed look at their typical sleep architecture.
Sleep studies provide information about a number of sleep-related issues:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (the upper airway collapses during sleep and airflow is obstructed)
- Insomnia (chronic inability to sleep)
- Narcolepsy (sudden and uncontrollable deep sleep)
- Restless leg syndrome (involuntary movement)
- Other issues
A polysomnograph, which requires an overnight stay in a sleep laboratory, collects data on the electrical activity of the heart and brain, and muscle activity of the patient. Data is collected by a certified technician, read by a board certified physician and provided to the patient’s primary care physician.
In the case of obstructive sleep apnea, a two-night study may be ordered to record the patient’s sleep quality on the first night and then try to treat any airway obstruction on the second night.
At St. Joseph Medical Center, studies are prescribed by a patient’s primary care physician. A patient checks in to the Center for Sleep Disorders around 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and checks out the following morning around 6 a.m., without missing a day of work. Daytime sleep studies are available for patients who work nights.
If you are concerned about the quality of your sleep, ask your primary care physician for a referral. If you do not have a primary care physician, please click here or call 713.757.7575.
If you are a physician and would like to prescribe a patient for sleep testing at the sleep center, please download the form below and fax it to 713.756.8301.
As St. Joseph prepared to furnish the Center for Sleep Disorders, employees approached Jim MacInvale of Gallery Furniture for advice. Before they left the conversation, he had not only offered expert advice, but had donated all of the furnishings from artwork to mattresses, complete wooden beds to bed side tables. He even sent his designer to make sure the set-up of each room was perfect. The photos tell the rest of the story.