Hamilton General Hospital Sleep Lab
Want a better night's sleep?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that occurs when the upper airway repeatedly collapses causing a cessation of breathing.
Symptoms of OSA include:
- Excessive loud snoring
- Gasping for breath
- Frequent awakening
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Morning or daytime headaches
- Excess weight gain
- Limited attention
- Memory loss
The good news is OSA can easily be identified through a simple, painless sleep study. During a sleep study, a polysomnogram uses sensors on your scalp, face, chest, limbs, and finger to record brain activity; eye movement and other muscle activity; breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure; how much air moves in and out of your lungs while you're sleeping, and the amount of oxygen in your blood. No needles or medications are used during a sleep study.
The sleep study is done in a comfortable, private room in Hamilton General Hospital. Generally, the patient reports to the hospital at 8:30 pm and the study begins by 11:00 pm. Patients can wear their own pajamas and bring their own pillow, if they prefer. The study is usually finished by 5:00 am, so most patients are discharged in plenty of time to get home and get ready for work.
Talk to your doctor to see if a sleep study test at Hamilton General Hospital Sleep Lab is right for you. A better night's sleep might be just a phone call away.