The sleep lab at Jay County Hospital specializes in diagnoses and treatment of sleep disorders. The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea, a condition where the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses, blocking airflow during sleep. Other sleep disorders include narcolepsy and chronic insomnia.
In addition, several health conditions such as restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, heartburn, COPD, asthma or nasal allergies all can be underlying causes of disruptive sleep.
Before being admitted to the sleep lab, patients must be referred by their primary care physician. Each room has room-darkening window coverings, individual temperature controls and noise reduction barriers to encourage sleep.
Most patients are monitored throughout the evening with sensors that include 16 different body functions, including the heart, lungs, muscle movements, air flow and blood oxygen level. Patients arrive typically at 8 p.m. and leave the following morning.
The team will then compile and analyze the results to develop a personalized treatment plan, and forward this information to your personal physician.
For more information about the Sleep Lab, please call (260) 726-1814