Sleep center in Thornton
The Center for Sleep Health at North Suburban Medical Center diagnoses and treats a wide range of sleep disorders. You can trust that our sleep specialists in Thornton will provide a thorough sleep study and evaluation, so you can get back to enjoying a full night’s rest.
For information, or to schedule your sleep study, please call (303) 453-2326.
Sleep is as important as diet and exercise to our overall health. Sleep helps adults repair muscle tissue and helps the brain organize—and discard—the massive amounts of information that is received throughout the day.
If you suffer from sleeplessness, talk to your primary care doctor to find out how serious your sleep problem may be. If necessary, your primary doctor will refer you to a sleep specialist at a sleep center.
Common sleep disorders we treat
The specialists in our sleep disorder center diagnose a variety of conditions related to sleep, including:
Sleep apnea is a respiratory condition that causes breathing to stop and start during sleep, which can be dangerous because it means the body does not get adequate oxygen. After being diagnosed with this condition, sleep apnea treatment often involves using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which patients have trouble staying asleep or falling asleep.
Narcolepsy causes excessive drowsiness at any time of the day. It may also cause loss of muscle tone and hallucinations.
Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
RLS is nerve condition that results in an urge to move the legs, or it may cause a creeping or pulling feeling in the legs.
Parasomnias include disruptive sleep disorders, such as sleep walking or sleep talking.
Periodic limb movement disorder
Not to be confused with restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder causes involuntary movements of the limbs during sleep. It is formerly known as nocturnal myoclonus.
Nasal polyps are growths within the sinuses and nasal passages caused by inflamed mucus membranes. The polyps can grow in the nostrils or even down the back of the throat, which can block airflow. Often, these polyps are related to chronic diseases.
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
GERD is a chronic form of acid reflux, and it can negatively affect your sleep. Besides heartburn interrupting your sleep, GERD may cause you to breath in stomach acid while asleep, which could contribute to sleep apnea.
Though snoring can be a normal occurrence during sleep, ongoing snoring could signify a greater health problem, such as sleep apnea.
Generally, patients do not remember that they stopped breathing or did other involuntary actions during sleep. Instead, patients feel like they did not sleep well and are not well-rested. This is why a comprehensive sleep study performed by trained and experienced specialist is important to diagnosing a sleep problem.
A sleep study is an overnight, painless sleep test, called a polysomnography (PSG), which takes place in a comfortable setting. Our sleep lab manager will attach painless sensors (electrodes) on your temples, jaw, chest and legs.
The electrodes record the brain’s electrical impulses and monitor breathing, heart rhythm and limb movements throughout the night. This information is transmitted to our team during the sleep study, and we are able to determine if a patient stops breathing, as well as detect other problems.
Following your sleep study, our sleep doctor reviews the findings and makes recommendations to your referring doctor. Treatment recommendations may include the use of a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or medications for other sleep-related problems.
Sleep study candidates
You will need a referral from a primary care doctor or a specialist who suspects that you are suffering from a serious sleep disorder. Once a referral is made, the Center for Sleep Health at North Suburban will contact your health insurance company to get authorization for coverage before the study.