Emerson Hospital

Sleep Disorders

​If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to know that Emerson Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center specializes in diagnostic testing and treatment for the full range of sleep problems, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome (RLS). 

And we’ve helped thousands of people find their way to a better night’s sleep.

We recognize that sleep deprivation can impair your quality of life, personal health and ability to carry out important daily functions. ​That’s why we don’t rest until you sleep better.

What a sleep study entails

Our comprehensive approach typically begins with a sleep study—and doesn’t end until we diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your condition.

A sleep study—also called a polysomnogram (PSG)—is a test that measures how well you sleep. It determines whether you have any sleep problems, and how severe they are. 

During a sleep study—which takes place overnight at our state-of-the-art sleep lab—electrodes are attached to your head and body to monitor your brain waves, eye movements, oxygen levels, breathing patterns, heart rate, leg movements, blood pressure and more while you sleep. 

You generally arrive between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m., and leave between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. the next day. There are four study rooms that are more like hotel rooms than hospital rooms, and video cameras in the room record everything.

You can wear your own pajamas, and adjust the temperature to your liking. The room is dark, and you can bring something to read until you fall asleep.

This diagnostic study is overseen by a board-certified neurologist and board-certified sleep specialist. A team of other experts in pulmonary medicine, psychiatry, psychology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and pediatrics (for children) may also be involved in developing a treatment plan once the test results and analyzed.

While many sleep studies require supervision by experts, sometimes you can perform a self-test at home using a home sleep study kit. Simply ask your doctor which is right for you.

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