The treatment – Sleep lab
What you need to do about having your sleep disorder treated
You will have an in-depth anamnesis discussion before you spend a night in the Sleep Lab. The sleep experts and the patient concerned will discuss all issues and the general state of health. If a night in the Sleep Lab is required, the patient will receive an appointment including general instructions as to how to prepare for the sleep study / therapy. When the time comes, the medical sleep experts will accompany the patient into the Sleep Lab and attach the devices and sensors to the patient. During the sleep process, all relevant data is recorded, saved and matched in a huge polysomnogram. All this and the possible treatment will be discussed with the experts and patient at the follow-up appointment.
Feeling well at night
Alongside the top-quality medicine and the empathetic care received, so too does the sleeping environment play an important role in such a personal issue as one’s sleep. We place great importance on making your sleeping environment as comfortable as possible.
According to need, you might spend between one or two nights in the Sleep Lab. Due to the nervousness of being in a new and unusual examination situation, the data collected on the first night can vary from the second night. Two nights is therefore recommended in order to obtain the most accurate information.
Your night in the Sleep Lab
In order to best obtain the different bodily processes, different sensors and measuring devices will be attached to the patient’s body before going to bed.
- Electrodes on the head to measure brain waves, eye movem
- ents and the muscle activity in the chin.Electrodes on the chest for the Electrocardiogram (ECG).
- Strain sensors and a strap around the rib cage and stomach area to measure the breathing movements.
- A sensor on the chest strap to indicate the sleeping position and body position.
- A sensor placed between the mouth and nose to measure the breathing flow.
- A sensor on the index finger or the earlobe to measure the oxygen saturation in the blood.
- Two electrodes on each of the lower legs to measure the movement in the leg muscles.
- A microphone attached to the larynx area indicates the snoring noises.
The patient is supervised during the night by video and is able to contact the ward personnel at any stage during the night.
The next morning
All devices and electrodes will be removed in the morning and whilst the data is being evaluated and the polysomnogram is generated, you have the chance to freshen up. The in-depth data will then be evaluated by the interdisciplinary team and treatment possibilities discussed with you.