Located at Montpelier Hospital
419-485-3154, ext. 2136
A referral is necessary to schedule an appointment at the CHWC Sleep Lab. A referral for a sleep evaluation can be made through your primary care provider or a sleep specialist.
From heightened energy and improved focus to preventing serious chronic medical conditions, adequate sleep is crucial to our health. We’ve all experienced fatigue and moodiness after a fitful night, but too few really understand the profound impact sleep has on our long-term health.
About the CHWC Sleep Lab
Sleep disorders can be disabling and dangerous if left untreated, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Fortunately, the CHWC Sleep Lab at Montpelier Hospital provides a crucial service to those affected by sleep disorders such as apnea or restless leg syndrome. The CHWC Sleep Lab has a calming, quiet atmosphere that removes patients from unnecessary sleep arousals, thanks to darkened windows and queen-sized beds with soft mattresses and comfortable bedding. Thousands of people who once suffered from sleep disorders have sought treatment at the CHWC Sleep Lab, and have since recovered and marvel at the improvements in mood, memory and overall health.
Some warning signs of sleep disorders include excessive daytime sleepiness, drowsy driving, short-term memory loss, difficulty focusing and ineffective antidepressant medication, among others.
Sleep Disorders Diagnosed & Treated
Sleep disorders that are tested for and treated at the CHWC Sleep Lab include:
It is estimated that over 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with many cases believed to go undiagnosed. Just a few common symptoms include heavy snoring, gasping for breath during sleep, excessive fatigue or daytime sleepiness, and poor memory or concentration. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (when the airway becomes too narrow or blocked, causing irregular breathing), central sleep apnea (when the brain does not signal the muscles to breathe), and mixed sleep apnea (a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea). Treatment for diagnosed apnea can drastically improve not only a person’s sleep patterns, but overall wellness. Treatment may include use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machine, which delivers air through a mask to keep the airway passages open. Other treatment methods may be more appropriate, depending on the individual’s specific diagnosis and circumstances.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes an overwhelming urge to move the legs, typically at night while sitting or lying down. In addition to leg movement, symptoms of RLS may include unpleasant sensations within the legs and feet, such as creeping, pulling and throbbing. The constant movement resulting from RLS can cause poor sleep and fatigue the following day, as well as reduced quality of life, depression, excessive drowsiness and other complications.
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that is best known for extreme daytime sleepiness and unexpected, uncontrolled sleep attacks. The impairment caused by narcolepsy can interfere with everyday activities and can also cause accidents and injuries. Along with excessive daytime sleepiness, other signs and symptoms of narcolepsy may include cataplexy (the sudden loss of muscle tone), disrupted nighttime sleep, sleep paralysis (inability to move or speak while falling asleep or waking up), and hallucinations. Because there is no cure for narcolepsy, treatment is focused on reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.
To schedule a sleep evaluation at the CHWC Sleep Lab, please first obtain a referral from your primary care provider or a sleep specialist, then call 419-485-3154, ext. 2136