Windham Hospital's Center for Sleep Medicine is one of the few in the state accredited by the American Sleep Disorder Association.
Using the latest technology to diagnose and treat sleep-related breathing disorders, it is the first eastern Connecticut hospital to offer an accredited sleep lab. These tests help to diagnose sleeping disorders and treat them.
- In the lab the person sleeps and their breathing is observed and monitored.
- The polysomnography evaluation is performed by the Computerized Real Time Biological System and records breathing data, pulse oximetry, nasal/oral air flow, tracheal noise, body position, chest and abdominal effort, EEG, EMG (muscle activity), EOG (eye movement), and ECG (heart rhythm and rate).
A physician must refer a patient to the sleep lab; warning signs of sleep apnea:
- loud snoring
- morning fatigue
- waking up with a headache or thirsty
Each year, more than 400 sleep studies are performed.
Common types of sleep-related breathing disorders diagnosed in the lab are:
- Obstructive sleep apnea - most common, airway is obstructed and prevents airflow.
- Central sleep apnea: lack of respiratory muscle contraction, absence or airflow.
- Upper airway resistance syndrome: disrupts sleep and increases limb activity (restless legs)