Iowa Specialty Hospital's sleep study program provides patients the best in diagnostic equipment to ensure a comfortable, private atmosphere during their sleep study. A sleep study, known as polysomnography, is required to establish the presence of any sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, leg movements, and the like.
During a full sleep study, the patient's brain wave activity is monitored to determine the various sleep stages. Other variables measured include eye activity, heart rate, airflow from the mouth and nose, chest and abdomen movement, oxygen levels in the blood, body position, and muscle movements. This is all accomplished pain-free, with the use of patches and belts.
Iowa Specialty Hospital's sleep study program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of national standards. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.
Can I sleep in any position during the test?
Yes, you are encouraged to sleep in your normal sleeping positions. However, at some point during the test, the technician may have you change positions.
Can I use the bathroom during the night?
Yes, you may use the bathroom as needed. The technician will assist you to the bathroom where you will be left in private.
Can I take my normal medications?
Yes, please bring whatever medications or prescriptions are normally taken. Continue to use your medications as prescribed by your physician unless otherwise directed.
How long does the test last?
The testing process begins at your normal bedtime. Six hours of recorded sleep is recommended to make an accurate diagnosis. Generally, you can return to work the next morning after the test.
What if my test indicates a sleeping problem?
Your physician will consult you regarding your results and treatment options. Keep in mind that sleep disorders are easily treated.
Approximately one third of a person's life is spent asleep.
Approximately 80 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Of that 80 million, approximately 30%, or 26 million, suffer from sleep apnea.
The Highway Safety Commission estimates that 40,000 people die and another 250,000 are injured each year due to falling asleep while driving.
The Department of Transportation estimates there are approximately 200,000 sleep-related highway accidents each year which averages out to 550 accidents each day.
Sleep apnea affects 2% of adult females and 4% of adult males and may be as high as 30% to 40% prevalence in truck drivers.
Approximately 25% of children between the ages of one and five experience some sort of sleep disorder. These disorders can lead to hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), excessive sleepiness, etc.
To learn about sleep apnea, please visit our Sleep Apnea page.
For more information, please visit our Locations and Hours page for contact information or download the Sleep Study brochure below.