Sleep disorder treatment in Pasadena

Sleep problems may contribute to serious health conditions such as depression, heart disease and stroke. Sleep problems may also contribute to mishaps such as motor vehicle accidents and job loss. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, more than 100 million Americans of all ages do not get a good night’s sleep. In fact, an estimated one-in-three people have symptoms of a sleep disorder.

The sleep disorder center at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast provides the latest in sleep medicine. You will be evaluated by licensed medical professionals and respiratory therapists, who record and monitor a variety of actions, including:

  • Brain waves
  • Muscle tone
  • Eye movement
  • Leg movement
  • Heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Oxygen levels

We provide quick, accurate results so our sleep doctors and specialists can recommend the best treatment for you. We also offer day studies for shift workers or people with insomnia.

Our sleep clinic private rooms have all the comforts of home, including flat-screen televisions and walk-in showers. We are wheelchair accessible and bariatric friendly.

Sleep studies are conducted seven nights a week, 8:00pm to 6:00am and Monday through Thursday 7:00am to 3:00pm for daytime studies. For more information, please call (855) 230-8467.

Common sleep disorders we diagnose at our sleep disorder center include:

  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnia
  • Periodic limb movement
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Shiftwork sleep disorder
  • Bruxism (involuntary grinding of teeth)
  • Nocturia (need to constantly wake and use the restroom)

Sleep apnea

Although sleep apnea affects men and women all of ages, men 40 years or older are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder.

Sleep apnea can be caused by a number of factors, including large tonsils, tongue or soft palate, nasal obstruction, abnormality in the throat or obesity.

The possible consequences of untreated sleep apnea include:

Sleep disorders in children

Studies show that two-out-of-three children under the age of 10 have experienced a sleep disorder. The sleep disorder center at HCA Houston Southeast treats children ages three and up. Sleep disorders in children may mimic other medical conditions, including ADHD. Symptoms of sleep disorders in children include:

  • Breathing problems or loud breathing
  • Snoring
  • Unusual night waking
  • Difficulty falling and staying asleep
  • Resistance to sleep
  • Night terrors
  • Sleep walking
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

What to expect during a sleep study

The day of your study:

  • Do not drink caffeine after noon.
  • Eat your normal dinner before arriving.
  • Take medications as usual, but not medications that impair your ability to drive.
  • Avoid taking a nap.
  • Your hair must not be damp or wet when you arrive.
  • Do not use any products in your hair (gel, mousse, spray).
  • Do not wear makeup or jewelry.

The night of your study:

  • Arrive at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast at 7:00 p.m. in the ER (for daytime studies, please call for instructions).
  • A technologist will meet you and bring you up to the sleep center.
  • Change into sleep attire – men are required to wear a T-shirt along with gym shorts or sweat pants. Women should wear pajamas or a shirt with shorts or sweat pants, as nightgowns tend to get tangled in the sensors. Avoid slick or silky material because it affects the quality of the test.
  • Placement of sensors on head, neck, face, chest and legs – you are free to roll about and sit up in bed. Should you need to get up during the night, the technician will disconnect you.

We encourage you to keep your regular bedtime routine, so feel free to bring e-readers, cell phones, laptops etc. Also, please remember to bring:

  • Personal hygiene items
  • A list of medications you’re currently taking
  • Driver’s license and insurance card

After we wake you about 6:00 a.m., you will be able to shower and are free to go about your daily routine. You will receive a detailed diagnostic report and recommendations for follow-up treatment if required from your physician.

Sleep disorders at HCA Houston Healthcare

Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleep patterns that can affect the amount, timing and quality of sleep someone receives. They can also be related to mental health issues. Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

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