Common Sleep Conditions
Let AnMed help you relieve symptoms of:
- Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep due to anxiety, depression, pain, disrupted sleep schedule, noise, light, an uncomfortable bed or other reasons
- Narcolepsy – Suddenly falling asleep during the day due to overwhelming drowsiness
- Parasomnias – Unwanted behaviors during sleep, such as walking, talking or eating
- Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) – Legs or arms that twitch during sleep, often without your notice
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS) – Urge to move your legs while lying down, often along with feelings of itching or burning
- Sleep apnea – Usually caused by a partial or complete collapse of the airway, which can lead to serious cardiovascular and neurological problems and an increased risk of car accidents
Your physician may order an overnight test to learn more about how you sleep. Health insurance usually covers sleep studies, but we’ll give you a cost estimate so you know how much you may need to pay.
Some health insurance plans require you to start with an at-home sleep test. This type of study records your breathing, heart rate and blood oxygen level to check for signs of sleep apnea. You’ll make an appointment to pick up the monitoring equipment at AnMed Lung & Sleep Center. A technologist will explain how to place the sensors on your body to track your vital signs as you sleep. The next business day, you’ll return the testing equipment.
You’ll come to a comfortable, private bedroom at AnMed Lung & Sleep Center in Anderson. After you arrive, a technologist will place sensors on your skin to monitor your brain waves, heart rate, movements, breathing, blood pressure and other vital signs. The sensors send information to a computer in another room, where a technologist records them.
Depending on your needs, you may take part in one or more of these tests at the sleep center:
- Polysomnogram – Records brain wave activity, eye movements, respiratory effort, airflow and certain muscle activity as you sleep overnight
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration – Finds the right settings for a CPAP device if you show signs of sleep apnea
- Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) – Measures your alertness during the day to determine how well you can stay awake on the job
- Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) – Shows how fast you fall asleep in a quiet room during the day and helps a doctor diagnose narcolepsy
- Don’t have caffeine after noon the day of your study.
- Don’t drink alcohol or take naps the day of your study.
- Bring medicine, toiletries and other personal items you’ll need. (But don’t bring blankets or pillows. The lab has clean bedding for your safety and hygiene.)
- Please make sure your scalp is accessible.
Accreditation Means Excellent Care
Rest assured that AnMed Lung and Sleep Center follows strict measures to ensure a safe testing experience and accurate results. We’re accredited in both home sleep studies and sleep lab services by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. It sets high standards for quality that we choose to meet because we care about your well-being and satisfaction.
Talk to Your Doctor
Ask your doctor if a sleep study is right for you. If your doctor orders a sleep study, we’ll call you to schedule your visit. Call AnMed Lung and Sleep Center at 864-512-4900 if you have questions about what to expect or how to prepare.
Getting Your Results
Your study provides several hours’ worth of detailed data about what your body does during sleep. A board-certified sleep doctor may need two to four weeks to review all the information and make a diagnosis. Please schedule a follow-up visit with the sleep doctor’s office to receive your results and talk about a treatment plan.
Depending on your diagnosis, you may benefit from:
- Lifestyle changes, such as altering your sleep schedule, improving your sleeping environment, and avoiding alcohol
- Medications to help you stay awake during the day, fall asleep at night or reduce limb movements during sleep
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you manage insomnia
- Sleep apnea treatment, such as CPAP therapy or a minor surgical procedure