How do you know if you have a sleep disorder? Sleep problems can take many forms and can involve too little sleep, too much sleep or inadequate quality of sleep. Each problem has its own set of symptoms and treatments. The most common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome, with indicators running from mild to severe.
Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Play it safe — if you think you may have a sleeping problem, consult your primary care physician. He or she is in the best position to determine if a sleep study is necessary.
Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
When seeking quality care for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, patients should ask:
- Is my sleep center accredited?
- Are the sleep physicians board certified?
- Are the sleep technologists registered?
When you visit the Crouse Sleep Center, rest assured that our staff has the credentials and experience to accurately diagnose and treat your sleep disorder using a multi-disciplinary approach. Physicians from pulmonary medicine, neurology, internal medicine, otolaryngology, psychiatry, cardiology and dentistry work together to uncover your sleep problem.
Preparing for a Visit
If your doctor has recommended a sleep study at the Crouse Sleep Center, how do you prepare?
Before your first visit, we’ll mail you a two-week sleep log and sleep questionnaire, which we’ll use to help diagnose your sleep problem. Both should be completed two weeks before your initial visit.
On your first visit you’ll be interviewed by a staff physician, who will review your questionnaire and obtain a detailed history. The physician will also perform any appropriate examinations. Once this process is completed, the physician may recommend that you spend one or two nights or possibly just a day at our sleep center.
What to Expect
If an overnight study is necessary, you’ll spend the night in one of our comfortable, private rooms, complete with private bathroom, cable TV and wireless Internet. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.
During your sleep study, your sleep patterns will be recorded using a polysomnograph. Sophisticated equipment will monitor vital signs such as breathing, heart and brain activity, blood oxygen level and body movements throughout the night. The procedure is not painful and should not interfere with your sleep.
The test results will be discussed with you and a complete report of the findings will be sent to your personal physician.
How Much Will This Cost?
Fees are determined by the types of procedures required for accurate diagnosis and treatment of your suspected problem. It is not possible to predict exactly what the total fee will be, since this depends on the procedures performed. Most health insurance plans should pay for most, if not all, of the cost.
How Do I Make an Appointment?
A referral from your physician is preferable. Please call us at 315/470-7440 for further information.
Most sleep disorders can be treated once diagnosed. For an accurate diagnosis to be made, trained staff must examine both the physical and psychological aspects of the problem.
Treatment of sleep disorders is individualized for each patient. Depending on the sleep disorder, treatment options may include the use of continuous positive airway pressure, medications, surgery or improvement of sleep hygiene.
When treated for a sleep disorder, most people find that they now enjoy:
- Increased energy level and attentiveness during the day
- Improved memory
- Increased effectiveness at home or at work
- Reduced irritability
- Improved overall quality of life
To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, visit the following sites:
The American Academy of Sleep MedicineNational Institutes of Health