Sleep studies are offered by appointment at Central Community Hospital to determine if a patient has obstructive sleep apnea. A private, single patient room is available at the hospital. Midwest Sleep Studies Services technicians perform the sleep study.
Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- • Extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable
- • Obesity
- • Persistent daytime sleepiness
- • Bouts of awakening out of breath during the night
- • Frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache
Sleep apnea is very common. It affects more than 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of 40, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and health care professionals, the vast majority of sleep apnea patients remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.
A definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea can be made only with a sleep study conducted during a visit to a sleep lab. A sleep study records all activity during several hours of sleep.
If your physician has determined the need for a sleep study, contact CCH Rehabilitation Department, 563-245-7090 to schedule your appointment.
Central Community Hospital has achieved accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for their Sleep Study service. Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.