Sometimes, sleep disorders can be easily solved with simple lifestyle changes, such as altering your nighttime habits. However, people with a serious sleep disorder may require specialized diagnosis and treatment, available at a sleep disorder lab.
Sleep Disorders: Risk Factors
Both adults and children can suffer from sleep disorders. In fact, four percent of adults suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts. Risk factors for sleeping disorders include:
- Being overweight and having a large neck circumference
- Narrow airway
- Chronic nasal congestion
Sleep Disorder Labs in New York City
A sleep disorder lab takes a scientific look at how you fall and stay asleep. Once we diagnose your sleep disorder, we can recommend a treatment plan that will get you the rest you need.
Here’s what you can expect at a sleep disorder lab:
- You come with everything you need for sleep—toothbrush, pajamas and pillow. A child can bring a favorite teddy bear or blanket.
- We hook you up to monitors.
- You begin you normal bedtime routine until you fall asleep.
- We monitor and record your breathing, brainwaves and movement.
- We score the electronic record and diagnose the condition.
- Finally, we offer treatment options. For example, for patients with breathing problems, we may recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to open the throat and breathing passages.
Sleep lab specialists include:
- Certified polysomographer, the technician responsible for scoring the electronic record
- Board-certified sleep disorder physician, who diagnoses the condition and recommends treatment options
The Kings County Hospital Sleep Disorder Center is the largest sleep lab in our system, diagnosing between 1,200 and 1,400 patients every year. Other HHC sleep lab facilities: