An estimated 15 percent of the population suffers from some type of sleep disorder that makes a person feel tired, drowsy, and unable to function well during the day. Some sleep disorders can actually be life threatening.
The Sleep Center provides services to help patients resolve their sleep disorders by monitoring and evaluating patients during sleep. The Sleep Center is designed specifically for overnight and daytime sleep studies. While patients sleep in private bedrooms, Registered Polysomnographic Technologists observe and record sleep/wake patterns, heart and respiratory activity and body movements on sophisticated computers located in the Control Room. Physicians from a variety of medical fields work together to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options.
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Sleep disorders most frequently recognized and treated in The Sleep Center include:
- Snoring and Sleep Apnea (Brief pauses of breathing during sleep). Often associated with loud snoring, snorting and gasping for breath. Sleep apnea can result in daytime sleepiness, depression, and cardiovascular problems.
- Hypersomnolence (Struggling to stay awake during the day). Reduced productivity at school or work; memory or concentration problems.
- Narcolepsy (Sleep attacks). Sudden muscular weakness in response to strong emotion which may include brief paralysis upon falling asleep or waking up.
- Insomnia (Difficulty falling or staying asleep). Waking earlier than desired. Insomnia can be caused by a number of medical or behavioral factors such as stress, tension, shift-work or poor sleep habits.
- Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (Uncomfortable sensations in the legs near sleep time). Sometimes described as a creepy crawly feeling. Legs and arms may move or jerk involuntarily during sleep.
- Parasomnias such as Sleepwalking Night Terrors, Sleep Related Violence, Sleep Eating. These are unwanted behaviors that occur when the brain is partially asleep.
Childhood Sleep Disorders
The Sleep Center works with Pediatricians who refer children to the Sleep Center for testing of the sleep-related symptoms which are not only a problem for the young patient but the entire family.
The care of children with sleep disorders demands special expertise. There are a variety of pediatric sleep disorders, many of which exhibit symptoms such as:
- Snoring or noisy breathing during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Attention deficit hyperactivity
- Irritability during the day
- School difficulties
- "Odd" sleep behaviors
These symptoms may indicate the need for a sleep study to diagnose a childhood sleep disorder.
The Sleep Center at St. Vincent Healthcare is an accredited Sleep Center since August 1997 by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It has also been awarded the 2007 Avatar International Innovation Award for outstanding healthcare service and quality based on patient surveys.
For additional information call:
St. Vincent Physcians - Sleep & Respiratory Center
2900 12th Ave North, Suite 300E
Billings, MT 59101