Sleep is a necessary component of life. For many people, changes in sleeping patterns or habits can negatively impact health, making it necessary to see a sleep specialist.
Sleep Medicine at Valley View offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to sleep. Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physicians, including Pulmonologists, Neurologists, and Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
There are many conditions, diseases and disorders that cause sleep disorders. Oftentimes, sleep disorders develop as a result of underlying health problems. Common symptoms of a sleep disorder include:
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Strong urge to take naps during the day
- Irritability or anxiety
- Lack of concentration
- Loud and frequent snoring
- Pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping sounds
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Morning headaches
- Nocturia (frequent urination)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory Loss
- Decreased sexual desire
Sleep Medicine at Valley View has the most up-to-date information on sleep disorders and the most current technology available to treat and diagnose all respiratory and non-respiratory-related sleep disorders.
Appointments can be made by visiting a care provider and receiving a referral for our services.
970.384.7694 – Sleep medicine for Home Sleep Testing (HST)
970.384.8030 – Centralized scheduling for In lab Sleep Testing
Treatment options vary depending on the specific sleep disorder, but can include changing sleeping habits, medication, Positive Pressure airway devices such as CPAP/BiPAP devices, oral airway devices or surgery
Polysomnography records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate and rhythm breathing effort and leg movements. The test records your nighttime sleep patterns.
A home sleep apnea test is a very simplified breathing monitor that tracks your breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels, and body position while worn. Devices used are the Philips and WatchPat HST’s.
The multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) tests for excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day. Also known as a daytime nap study, the MSLT is the standard tool used to diagnose narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.
Pediatric polysomnography is the diagnostic study of choice to evaluate for parasomnias, obstructive sleep apnea, and to evaluate cardiorespiratory function.
CPAP Desensitization gets you used to and comfortable with a CPAP machine.
1. Wear the CPAP mask at home while awake for one hour each day.
2. Attach the mask to the CPAP device, and switch the unit “on”. Practice breathing through the mask for one hour while watching television, reading or performing some other sedentary activity.
3. Use the CPAP during scheduled one-hour naps at home.
4. Use CPAP during initial 3-4 hours of nocturnal sleep.
5. Use CPAP through an entire night of sleep.
Advance by one step after each five days, once the first step can be carried out without anxiety.
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