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St. James Parish Hospital has a Sleep Disorders Center to diagnose and treat Sleep Apnea—right here in the comfort of your own community. Sleep Apnea is serious if untreated. If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more symptoms of Sleep Apnea, discuss it with your physician. You can get the help you need right here at home. Call 225.869.9648 to schedule a sleep study.
Hospital Sleep Studies
St. James Parish Hospital recently welcomed new, state-of-the-art technology for hospital studies. The test requires patients to spend the night in a private room. For most patients, one overnight stay is all that is needed to determine the sleep disorder and its cause.
During a hospital sleep study, small sensors connected to a computer are placed on you to monitor your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, your heart rate, and your breathing. Our friendly, skilled respiratory team will ensure you feel relaxed. Patients are encouraged to wear comfortable nightclothes and bring items used during their normal bedtime routine
At-Home Sleep Studies
At-home tests are done unattended in the comfort of your home with less wires and smaller equipment. When the equipment is returned, your data will be downloaded, interpreted, and reported.
At-Home Sleep Studies are generally approved for otherwise healthy patients without certain preexisting conditions. Patients with health issues are typically better candidates for hospital-based studies where health professionals are on-site to monitor. At-Home Sleep Studies are often a more convenient, comfortable, and affordable test for patients. Most insurances cover this test for qualified patients.
- Make an appointment with a physician to discuss sleeping issues. Your doctor will assess you and order the test if needed.
- Our Cardiopulmonary Team will contact you to discuss when and where to pick up equipment and how to use it.
- At bedtime, you will apply the equipment as instructed and sleep with it for 1–3 nights to gather enough data.
- When the equipment is returned, your data will be downloaded, interpreted, and reported.
- Your physician will receive the report and discuss results with you.
Extreme sleepiness during the day is the most common symptom of Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a common, yet serious disorder that occurs when breathing stops for 10 seconds or more during a night’s sleep. Certain problems in the airway cause interruptions in breathing during sleep. When the airway narrows, it can result in snoring, periods of no breathing and frequent arousals in sleep.
Untreated, Sleep Apnea raises the risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, irregular heart rhythms, heart attack, stroke, memory loss, vehicle accidents, and even death.
- Extreme drowsiness and waking up at night
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Irregular breathing during sleep
- High blood pressure
- Large neck
- Apnea events
- Loud snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Trouble with concentration or memory
- Mood changes, depression
- Avoid drinking alcohol to excess
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid smoking
- Try not to sleep on your back; you may also want to raise the head of your bed
Call us at 225.869.9648 to schedule a sleep study or find out which test may be right for you.