Do you suffer from Sleep Apnea?
A new diagnostic procedure is now available at Sweetwater Hospital Association to help your physician in the diagnosis and treatment of your sleep disorder.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder which results in the temporary obstruction of the upper airway, usually at the level of the base of the tongue. Typically, multiple obstructions occurr each night, only during sleep – oxygen levels drop dangerously low and may lead to serious complications.

Complications of OSA may include pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure, systemic hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory failure and seizures during sleep. A formal overnight sleep study may be performed to properly evaluate any significant sleep disorder such as OSA.

You are advised to discuss with your physician any problems with sleeplessness. He/She may advise that you have a sleep study performed.

For information, call:
Sweetwater Hospital Association Respiratory Care Department
865-213-8500

Types of Sleep Disorders:
Insomnia: A persistent inability to fall or stay asleep.
Hypersomnia: Sleeping too much or sleeping at inappropriate times. Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy are the chief causes of sever hypersomnia.
Sleep Apnea: A life-threatening disorder that causes you to stop breathing repeatedly during your sleep. Loud snoring and pauses in breathing may be characteristic.
Narcolepsy: Daytime sleep attacks and/or sleeping at inappropriate times.
Parasomnia: Problems that occur only during sleep or are brought about by sleep such as nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, abnormal movements and bedwetting.
Disorders of the Sleep-Wake Schedule: This occurs when the opportunity to sleep does not coincide with the body’s ability to stay awake and to sleep. This state often occurs in patients who are on shift work.

The Sweetwater Hospital Association Sleep Lab is under the direction of a physician and studies are conducted by a Polysomnographic Technologist.

Sweetwater Hospital Sleep Lab is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Our Sleep Lab is accredited by the ACHC. We care for patients that have symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway gets obstructed. Usually by the tongue. Oxygen levels will drop during this time.

People with sleep apnea are usually loud snorers. Patients may wake up from sleep with a gasping for air or a chocking feeling. They usually feel tired and sleepy during the day.

A sleep study is done to properly evaluate any significant sleep disorder. During the test you will be monitored for leg movement, oxygen levels, heart rhythms and brain activity.

People who have sleep apnea are more likely to have a stroke, heart problems and respiratory failure.