Spine Hospital of Louisiana Sleep Center
Welcome to The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Sleep Center- a full-service Sleep Center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It is lead by a highly trained team of neurologists and registered sleep technicians to help diagnose and treat a wide array of sleep disorders including:
Many sleep disorders are characterized by patients suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). EDS is characterized by persistent sleepiness and often a general lack of energy, even after what is perceived as an adequate amount of nighttime sleep.Take this test which uses the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), the standard method of assessment in the world of sleep medicine to assess your general level of daytime sleepiness. Then, share your results with your physician.
If you are a referring physician, please fax your Sleep Study referral form to (225) 906-4840.
Our Sleep Center
Our Sleep Studies are conducted in our specially designed bedroom laboratory that looks and feels like home, yet contains the most state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your sleeping patterns.
Our specialty-trained sleep technologists monitor, analyze, and score every study conducted in The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Sleep Center. Results and recommendations are then shared with your physician to recommend treatment.
What is a Sleep Study?
Sleep Studies at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Sleep Center are special tests that record what happens to your body during sleep to find out what is causing your sleep problems:
Polysomnogram (PSG) Study:
The main sleep study test used by our experts to diagnose the root of a sleep disorder. An overnight stay in our Sleep Center is required to monitor brain activity, breathing, heartbeat patterns and leg movements.
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Titration:
The study ordered after a sleep apnea diagnosis. An overnight stay in our Sleep Center with a Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) mask is required to assess the best way to return sleep breathing to normal patterns and decrease snoring.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)/daytime nap study:
A daytime study in our Sleep Center to test for excessive sleepiness by measuring how quickly a patient falls asleep in a quiet environment during the day using a series of sensors. The results help diagnose narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.
With the exception of Home Sleep Testing (HST)–or sleep studies performed in the comfort of your own home–sleep studies typically involve spending one night in our bedroom laboratory. Prior to your Sleep Study, special sensors will be connected to your head for painless monitoring of your breathing, brain waves, heart activity, eye movements, and muscle movements while you sleep.
The recordings from both in-center and HST testing become data which will be analyzed by Sleep Center physicians and licensed polysomnographic technologists and these results will then be shared with your physician.
The Importance of a Sleep Study
Sleep is essential to our health and well-being, yet millions of Americans aren’t getting enough! The National Institutes of Health estimates that as many as 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems. Signs of a sleep disorder include:
- Loud snoring, choking or gasping during sleep
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Waking up several times during the night
- Excessive daytime fatigue
Lack of sleep can not only take a toll on your job, relationships, and productivity, but also on your health and safety. In fact many serious medical conditions have been linked to sleep deprivation including:
- Heart Attack
- Type II Diabetes
Sleepiness can also increase the chances of motor vehicle and work-related accidents. Stats also show patients with untreated sleep disorders consume will end up consuming 2.5 times more healthcare resources than patients without a sleep disorder.
If you have sleep problems that last longer than a few weeks, you may need a sleep study. Take our self-test to gauge your level of sleepiness.
If you are undergoing any type of surgical procedure, it is recommended that you be screened for sleep apnea PRIOR to surgery to avoid developing serious cardiovascular complications such as cardiac arrest or shock. Physicians often use the “STOP-bang” questionnaire to screen at risk surgery candidates. If you think you may have sleep apnea, ask your physician about these important screening methods or take our self-test here.
Your In-Center Sleep Study
Before Your Study
- Avoid taking naps in the afternoon.
- Refrain from drinking caffeinated drinks and eating chocolate.
- Shower and shampoo your hair. Avoid using hair spray, conditioners, hair oil, or body lotion as these may interfere with monitoring sensors.
- Enjoy your evening meal before arriving for your sleep study. Pack a snack if you need one before bedtime.
- Bring an overnight bag with comfortable sleep clothes and toiletry items.
- Take all routine medications as prescribed.
During Your Study
After arriving at the Sleep Center, the technologist will escort you to your room. Following the completion of the registration process, the technologist will ask you to change into your bedtime attire. Then small sensors will be placed upon your head and body. You will be monitored from a nearby control room. Should you have any requests (a glass of water, an extra pillow, or warm blanket) the technologist will be happy to accommodate you. It is our goal to make sure you are comfortable–you will able to relax and watch TV, use smart devices and/or read until the start of the study.
Once you fall asleep, the technologist will diagram your sleep architecture, determining what sleep stages are present while observing what happens as you sleep through the night:
- Blood oxygen level
- Body position
- Limb or body movements
- Heart rate
- Brain activity
After Your Study
The sleep technologist can answer some of your questions about the sleep study, but only your physician can explain the results. We will send a comprehensive report of your results to your physician, so a follow-up visit with the physician who referred you to The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Sleep Center is required. Your physician will go over the results of your sleep study with you, and will discuss your treatment options.
Make an Appointment
Before you are referred to The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Sleep Center, you need to make an appointment with a NeuroMedical Center Clinic neurologist by calling (225) 768-2050. If you are a referring physician please call (225) 906-4833 to reach our Sleep Center technologists directly.
The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center is proudly accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).