Cause for Concern?
Studies show that people who have sleep disorders are at greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and automobile accidents. Most recently, research has shown a link between chronic sleep deprivation and risk of being overweight and obese.
If you suspect you may have a sleep disorder, it is important to seek medical attention. The Sleep Clinic at Woman's is available to help you obtain a diagnosis and seek any necessary medical treatment.
Sleep Clinic Tests
A full range of diagnostic tests are offered through the Sleep Clinic to evaluate sleep disorders. These tests include:
- Polysomnography (sleep study)
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) titrations
- Mean Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT)
- Mean Wakefulness Tests (MWT)
The tool utilized to help diagnose and obtain the necessary treatment for you will be determined by the experienced team from LSF.
Woman's Sleep Clinic
Talk with your doctor about your sleep problems and ask whether you should be referred through LSF to the Sleep Clinic at Woman’s. You may also contact LSF directly by calling at 225-767-8550.
Once referred, an initial consultation will be set with the LSF clinical staff to help identify the type of diagnostic testing required. LSF will work with you to explain the process to follow, and set a convenient time for you. Ask to have your sleep study at Woman's.
Sleep studies are performed on men and women.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study, or polysomnogram, is a scientific assessment of sleep staging as related to respiration (oxygen monitoring), brain wave activity, muscle movement and snoring.
Do I have to spend the whole night for testing?
Yes. In order to record accurate and reliable data, your entire sleep cycle must be evaluated.
Is it difficult to sleep in a "sleep clinic" setting?
No. By nature, most people suffering with sleep disorders are sleepy. Our clinic consists of two comfortable, private bedrooms with a hotel-like feel. The LSF staff will help you prepare for your stay at the clinic, and answer all your questions so that you feel as comfortable as possible.
Does insurance cover these procedures?
Yes. Of course, coverage depends upon the type of plan you have with your insurance company. The staff at LSF will verify your coverage prior to your test.
What happens after the testing is complete?
LSF places a high priority on follow-up care and education, and will work with you to ensure you understand and are comfortable with any necessary treatment.