Suffering from a sleep disorder?
Sleep disorders are very common among adults, and they can have a negative effect on one’s overall health. Symptoms may include:
- Leg jerking or twitching
- Loud snoring
- Teeth grinding
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Frequent waking from sleep
- Nightmares or night terrors
- Sleepwalking or talking
Our specialists can detect conditions that may be keeping you from enjoying a healthy night’s sleep. Many sleep disorders can be treated successfully. We use advanced monitoring equipment and software to record data while you sleep. Then our qualified team can pinpoint the disorder, allowing your physician to prescribe therapy.
If left untreated, sleep disorders may also aggravate other conditions such as asthma, cardiac arrhythmia, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart attack, hypertension, obesity, pulmonary hypertension and seizure disorder.
One of the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes a person to stop breathing for periods of time during sleep. Its primary symptom is loud, persistent snoring. People who suffer from sleep apnea often experience drowsiness, poor performance at work, and depression. Left untreated, it can lead to serious long-term health issues. Anyone can have sleep apnea, but it’s more common among men who are middle-aged or older as well as people who smoke, drink alcohol or are overweight.
Why refer to Seton’s sleep lab?
Comfort – Each bedroom is decorated to resemble a home environment, and includes wheelchair accessible private bathrooms. Often times private sleep labs do not offer these simple comforts.
Accuracy – The raw data from each Seton study is reviewed by three professionals: a board-certified sleep specialist, the scoring technologist, and the recording technologist. Each of them examines the EEG, EMG, respiratory channels and other signals. At many private labs, the recording technician is the only person to view the raw data, and the physician views only the tech’s data report.
Trust – The sleep lab staff realizes that each patient’s sleep is unique. The diagnosis could be sleep apnea, but it also could be one of several other sleep disorders such as Cheyne-Stokes respiration, alpha intrusion, nocturnal hypoxia, periodic breathing or periodic limb movement disorder.
Safety – Because our sleep lab is located within a hospital, a critical response team is always available if necessary. You won’t find support like that at a private sleep lab.
If you think you have a sleep disorder, contact your physician for a sleep study referral. A downloadable order form is available on this page. Sleep lab services are covered by many insurance plans. For details on coverage, check with your provider.
For more information on our sleep lab, please call 512-504-5149
Seton Healthcare Family also offers a sleep lab designed specifically for younger people at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.