Lutheran Medical Center

Determine if you need a sleep study

Sleep Services and Treatments

Sleep is essential to your health and quality of life. If you have a sleep disturbance or other sleep issue, our specialists can help you get the rest you need to be at your best.

How we treat sleep disorders

Sleep disturbances and disorders are generally diagnosed through a painless series of tests while you sleep, known as a sleep study. With Lutheran Sleep Center, sleep studies can be performed as a simple home sleep study or a more complex, polysomnography study in our sleep center - based on your doctor’s recommendations.

Sleep study

Sleep studies include a number of monitoring systems to measure sleep characteristics and identify sleep disorders. Sleep studies are usually performed during your normal sleeping hours, whether that is during the night or during the day. They can even be performed in your home.

For a typical in-lab study, a polysomnogram will be used to measure brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle movement of limbs and electrical heart activity.

We may also introduce therapy during the sleep study to provide the best test results. Your provider may want to perform a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), which is a diagnostic tool that measures the time it takes for an individual to fall asleep. Your provider also may ask for a maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT), to measure an individual’s ability to stay awake.

Sleep studies offered at Lutheran Sleep Center

  • Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT)
  • Baseline sleep study (Polysomnogram)
  • Titration sleep study (PAP treatment initiated)
  • Split night sleep study (baseline and PAP therapy initiated)
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)
  • Maintenance of wakefulness (MWT)

Therapies and treatments

Once the diagnosis has been determined, our physicians can recommend different treatments and therapies to improve sleeping conditions, such as:

  • Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy
  • Oral devices
  • Medications

Some sleep disorders may benefit from behavioral changes, weight loss, or surgery (such as the removal of adenoids or tonsils to open the airway).

Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy

PAP therapy may be introduced to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is the most common sleep disorder. A PAP therapy machine or mask provides a constant flow of air to keep your airway open so you can sleep better. Our team will work with your needs and assess your physiological condition to ensure you have the right mask and fit with your PAP therapy.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is highly effective in treating sleep apnea and it remains the gold standard for treating OSA. Regular use can help you get deeper, better sleep, improve your energy and keep you from feeling tired or irritated during the day. People who have sleep apnea report that CPAP masks and machines provide life-changing relief from grogginess and fatigue.

Our sleep specialists will help you fit, adjust and properly use your CPAP device so you feel rested, energized and ready for the day. Call us at any time if you have questions about your CPAP equipment.

BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) is similar to CPAP but has two pressures.

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