The Sleep Wellness Center of New York is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and provides patients with the most comprehensive medical care. Our facilities each house four hotel-style bedrooms fully equipped with flat screen TVs, DVD players, and full cable access. The bedrooms have been designed to stimulate a comfortable night’s sleep which results in a more effective sleep study. We have sleep centers in two Long Island locations, Mineola, New York and Bellmore, New York. Each sleep apnea clinic has two board certified pulmonologists on staff and can accommodate adults and adolescents.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea?
A miserable sleep affects us in many ways. It is not only the tired, lethargic feeling that will result from a poor rest period. The entire body can suffer. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) are disorders in which a person stops breathing during sleep, often hundreds of time throughout the night. These episodes cause depletion in oxygen levels as well as changes in blood pressure, heart beat, and brain functions.
OSA is a partial or complete closure of the upper airway. During the day muscles keep the upper airway open. As a person with OSA falls asleep, these muscles relax to a point where the airway collapses and becomes obstructed.
CSA occurs when the brain simply forgets to send the message to breathe for a period of time. It can be associated with neurological conditions as well as heart disease.
Symptoms, Causes and Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Symptoms of OSA/CSA may include:
- Trouble falling asleep
- Excessive sweating
- Gradual weight gain
- Headaches upon waking
- Frequent urination interrupting sleep
- Sour taste
- Tingling sensations or restlessness in the legs while you sleep
- Walking during sleep
- Difficulty with concentration and/or memory
Causes of OSA/CSA may include:
- Small upper airway
- Large neck
- Recessed chin
- Weight Gain/Weight Loss
- Loss of muscle tone in mouth and throat (due to age or neurologic conditions)
- Nasal and sinus conditions
- Post-menopausal factors
Dangers of OSA/CSA may include:
- Strain on the heart during sleep
- Increase in blood pressure or heart rate
- Decrease in oxygen levels
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Irritability/Mood swings
- Abnormal dreaming
- Frequent urination
- Acid reflux
- Decreased quality of life
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may need a sleep study evaluation. Our goal is to help you achieve a restful, regenerative sleep as quickly and safely as possible.
Types of studies conducted at the Sleep Wellness Centers of New York:
This is a diagnostic study that measures the quality of a person’s sleep by measuring the body’s involuntary functions during sleep, such as breathing and heartbeat. A typical PSG records brain waves, eye movement, chin muscle tone, heart rate, leg movements, breathing, oxygen levels, and audio/video recording for your safety. In addition, a pulse oximeter will be placed on your finger to measure your oxygen level and heart rate.
What to expect from a PSG sleep study – A PSG study is a non-invasive overnight sleep study. It is performed while the patient is asleep. The patient is set up on electrodes which attach to the head, face, chest, and legs. Two belts will be word around the abdomen and thorax and a nasal cannula is inserted in the nose to measure nasal pressure.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. Nasal CPAP therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical way to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What to expect from a CPAP sleep study – A CPAP study is almost the same procedure as the PSG except a mask will take the place of the nasal cannula. The mask will be fitted properly and is to be worn through out the sleep study. The technician will be monitoring you and will titrate (adjust) your pressure as needed. The CPAP allows the patient to achieve restful and deep sleep without interruption during the night.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MLST)
The MLST is a daytime sleep study that measures the patient’s level of daytime sleepiness. It also measures how quickly an dhow often you enter the REM stage during sleep.
What to expect from a MLST sleep study – A MLST sleep study consists of a series of nap opportunities during which sensors and electrodes record data and body functions. This is a non-invasive, painless test.
What to Expect and How to Prepare for Your Study
Please note: A patient is required to sleep at least four hours. An insufficient study will require re-testing.
- Please make transportation arrangements prior to the sleep study.
- The sleep study requires video recording of your bedroom the entire night. Technicians will be monitoring patients throughout the night.
- Please be sure to bring: pajamas, a list of medications, your insurance card, and photo ID.
- Note: We do not provide toiletries so please be sure to bring all necessities.
- Please do not bring: alcohol, caffeine, wigs, perfume, moisturizer, and hair pieces. Proper hygiene is required.
- Patients are allowed to use the shower but must notify the technicians that evening.
- No food or beverages are allowed at the sleep center unless medically required. Please notify the technician of any conditions.
- Sleep technicians will wake the patient at 5:00 a.m. In the morning you will be asked to fill out a survey and a post-sleep questionnaire.
When You Will Get Your Sleep Study Results
Results take approximately two weeks. An appointment should be made with the sleep physician to discuss results, treatment options, and see if further testing is necessary.
Is a Sleep Study Covered by Insurance?
Most insurance companies cover this diagnostic test. Co-pays and deductibles may apply. Our staff will contact your insurance company to verify coverage. We accept most insurance plans.
Please note: If you are not covered for a diagnostic sleep study, you may call our office to arrange a payment plan.