If you think that you have a sleep disorder, there is a good chance that your doctor will send you to a sleep center. There are hundreds of sleep centers around the world that have one common goal – help people sleep better and be healthier.
What is a sleep center?
A sleep center is a facility used in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. There are many sleep disorders that are evaluated in sleep centers, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, periodic leg movements during sleep, narcolepsy, and other sleep disorders.
A sleep center usually maintains a diagnostic sleep laboratory where sleep studies and sleep apnea tests are conducted. Most sleep labs perform polysomnography and home sleep tests. A sleep center is directed by a medical director, usually a sleep physician. The sleep studies are performed by sleep technologists (RST and RPSGT).
Usually, the patient’s referring physician writes an order for a sleep study and/or a consultation with a sleep physician who reports back to the referring doctor and primary care physician.
Components of a Sleep Center
- Diagnostic rooms with sleep diagnostic equipment
- Control center for monitoring
- Sleep technologists
- Sleep physician
How to Find a Sleep Center
Sleep centers can be found at almost all major hospital systems. Many university health systems also have combined diagnostic and research sleep laboratories. More information on sleep centers and sleep disorders can be found at the ‘Patients General Information’ Page.
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