Sleep Laboratory

Snoring and labored breathing during sleep may be a family joke or an aggravation to your partner, but sleep disorders can be more than just annoying. Some sleep disorders may be symptoms of existing medical conditions. If left untreated, they may lead to more serious health problems. But because these disorders cannot be detected through examinations while the patient is awake, many remain undiagnosed and untreated.

The St. Mary's Hospital Sleep Disorders Lab was established in 1987 to assist physicians and their patients in diagnosing and treating sleep problems adversely affecting their life and health. St. Mary's Sleep Lab provides polysomnography, the continuous monitoring of sleep throughout the night, as well as daytime studies as needed. All sleep studies are conducted by registered polysomnography technologists and interpreted by a pulmonologist, board-certified in sleep medicine.

Sleep disorders can cause numerous problems including poor concentration, fatigue, hyperactivity, and heart problems, to name a few. More than 80 different sleep disorders have been identified, and with proper medical attention, most can be detected and treated.

Sleep Apnea
Interruptions in breathing while sleeping, often accompanied by loud snoring, sleepiness during the day, problems with memory, concentration, depression, and irritability.

Labored Snoring
Severe snoring without apnea but with many of the same daytime symptoms as sleep apnea.

Restless Leg Syndrome
Aching or tingling discomfort in the legs making sleep difficult.

Periodic Leg Movement During Sleep
Unconscious leg movement that disrupts sleep and causes daytime drowsiness.

Narcolepsy and Other Hypersomnias
Excessive daytime sleepiness, even after a normal night's sleep.

Parasomnias
Sleepwalking, night terrors, nightmares, acting out dreams without being aware of it, and unexplained injuries at night.

Insomnia
Difficulty falling or staying asleep.

If you and your doctor suspect you have a sleep disorder, your doctor may refer you to the Sleep Disorders Lab for an overnight visit to help diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan. The staff at the Center will give you complete instructions on how to prepare and what to expect during your visit.