Center for Sleep Medicine

 sleep Disorders
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. 

Process
  • 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
  • depression
  • forgetfulness
  • irritability
  • morning fatigue
  • waking up with a headache or thirsty
  • insomnia
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)
  • Center for Sleep Medicine Clinic 860.456.6994

    Center for Sleep Medicine Lab 860.456.6853
  • Hours of Operation

    Sleep Laboratory Diagnostic Testing
    7 days per week, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    Daytime Testing
    Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Sleep Program Appointments
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.