You should never struggle with getting a good night's sleep. UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Center for Sleep Disorders plays a key role in diagnosing patients' sleep problems, ranging from insomnia and sleep apnea to restless leg syndrome and sleepwalking.
What is a Sleep Study?
A sleep study, or a polysomnography, is used to diagnose sleep disorders. The test measures your brain waves, heart rate, breathing, the oxygen in your blood, and the movements you make. All of this data a gathered and interpreted to help your doctor understand what maybe causing your sleep disorder.
What to Expect
With a focus on patient comfort, St. Luke's sleep center offers four, private rooms - each with their own private bathroom and shower - featuring the comforts of home alongside state-of-the-art equipment necessary to diagnose sleep problems. Each room has a queen-sized bed, and three of the four rooms contain non-hospital beds. There is even one bariatric bed if needed.
If a sleep study is ordered, you will arrive at St. Luke's in the evening to prepare for your overnight stay. The St. Luke's team of friendly and well-trained sleep specialists will monitor you throughout the study and then interpret your results following the study. The staff works closely with the neurology and pulmonology staff in the hospital in case of emergency.
Your referring physician will normally receive the results of your sleep study within five days.
How to Participate in a Sleep Study
If you or your loved one could benefit from a sleep study, talk with your primary physician about requesting the sleep lab at St. Luke's.