A sleep disorder is not only frustrating, it can be unhealthy. Liberty Hospital has a Sleep Disorders Laboratory dedicated to diagnosing this common problem for Northland area residents. Liberty Hospital had the first dedicated Sleep Lab in the Northland, and has recently expanded to accomodate growth.
Specialists within the Sleep Disorders Laboratory include pulmonologists, neurologists, ENT physicians, and psychologists.
The Liberty Hospital Sleep Disorders Laboratory offers a quiet room designed to make patients comfortable. During a typical study, a patient arrives after 9:30 p.m. and spends the night sleeping in a regular bed. A technician monitors breathing, heart rate, airflow, oxygen levels, muscle tremors and stages of sleep. A physician interprets the findings of each study and consults with the patientís family physician to diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan.
The Liberty Hospital Sleep Disorders Laboratory utilizes a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals who diagnose and treat sleep disorders. The physicians who typically work with the lab include neurologists, psychologists, ear, nose and throat specialists and pulmonary specialists. A registered polysomnographer oversees each patientís sleep study.
Conditions We Treat
Almost everyone has trouble sleeping from time to time. According to the American Sleep Disorders Association, more than 100 million Americans of all ages fail to get a good nightís sleep, yet most of them donít know the reason why. Sleep disorders range from sleepwalking, bedwetting and nightmares to restless legs syndrome, snoring, narcolepsy and sleep apnea syndrome.
You may have a sleep disorder if you:
- Snore loudly
- Suffer from daytime sleepiness
- Have morning headaches
- Have short-term memory loss
- Have high blood pressure or kidney problems
- Suffer from sexual dysfunction
If you have any of these symptoms, you may want to talk with your doctor. If your doctor believes you may have a sleep disorder, he or she may schedule an appointment for a comprehensive sleep study with Liberty Hospitalís Sleep Disorders Laboratory. A physician referral is necessary for this type of testing.