About Capital Sleep Centers
Capital Sleep Centers is a full service diagnostic and treatment facility outfitted with technology to help our doctors determine how best to assess and treat your sleep problems. Contact one of our three convenient locations today.
Are quite common today, however many individuals with sleep problems may not recognize that they have such a problem. Chronic sleep loss can happen gradually and people may not even be aware that they are experiencing decreased daytime functioning and alertness.
Common types of sleep disorders:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is when a person stops breathing during sleep because his or her airway collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs.
What causes the airway to collapse during sleep? - several factors that con contribute to airway collapse are:
- Extra tissue in the back of the throat. Such as large tonsils or uvula.
- A decrease in the tone of the muscles holding the airway open.
- Nasal obstruction.
- Certain jaw or facial structures or attributes, such as a recessed chin.
Symptoms - here are some easy-to-identify signs and symptoms associated with OSA:
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Breathing has stopped during sleep
- Feeling tired or fatigued after sleeping
- Weight change in the last 5 years
- Having nodded off or fallen asleep while driving
Additional symptoms include morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, depression, irritability, memory loss and sexual dysfunction.
Trouble falling asleep frequent nighttime awakenings, or an early morning awakening without being able to return to sleep.
Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep
Frequent repetitive involuntary movements usually of the legs, but sometimes the arms, causing difficulty obtaining adequate sleep leading to excessive daytime sleepiness.
Irresistible daytime sleepiness despite sufficient quantity and quality or sleep. This can also be accompanied by muscular weakness, which occurs after a positive or negative emotional experience. Other characteristics may include frequent dreaming at sleep onset and onset or symptoms during adolescence or young adulthood.
Sleep Test (PSG, CPAP, BIPAP, MSLT)
A sleep test (polysomnogram) is neither painful no dangerous - it is a procedure that monitors physiological events occurring during sleep. Physiological parameters that are monitored include EEG (brain waves). EKG (heart rate), EMG (muscle activity), blood oxygen saturation levels, snoring, and respiratory effort.
Many people wonder how they will be able to sleep in a strange environment while they are hooked up to all those wires. That is why we make an extra effort to provide surroundings that are comfortable and homey - if not exactly like your home, that at least like a nicely adorned hotel room. Each room is private, with the nighttime technologist monitoring your sleep from another room. If you need to use the bathroom during the night of the study, all you have to do is ask the technologist and they will come in and unhook the main connection of the electrodes. In bed, you can roll over and change position almost as readily as you would at home.