WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SLEEP STUDY?
To assess your sleep under optimal conditions, The Portland Clinic designed its Sleep Center to look and feel as comfortable as home. You will spend the night in a private suite that has a full-size bed, private bathroom, home-style decor, sound insulation and individual temperature control.
Just before you go to sleep, a technician will attach sensors to your head and body to monitor your brainwaves and movements throughout the night. These biofeedback pads record your sleep patterns, as well as the body movements and breathing patterns that trigger interruptions. With this information, the sleep specialist can diagnose precisely what the problem is, and can recommend effective treatments.
HOW ARE PROBLEMS TREATED?
Depending on the problem, treatment may involve one or more of the following
- Dental or breathing devices
- Referral to an ear, nose and throat specialist for procedures to reduce snoring.
- Sleep counseling to improve or retrain sleep habits.
- Use of light box.
WHAT KINDS OF RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECTS FROM TREATMENT?
Patients report sleeping better within days or weeks of treatment in almost every case. In addition, improved sleep lowers blood pressure, improves diabetes control, boosts energy, increases concentration, lifts mood and increases overall happiness.