A sleep disorder is a problem that interferes with the quality or quantity of sleep. Most people also complain of daytime problems related to poor sleep. Many people do not know they have sleep problems. Many have unexplained health problems that have not been evaluated well enough to see if they are related to sleep. Others are brought by a bed partner over concerns such as snoring, erratic breathing, and sudden movements while asleep. Medical research is now revealing how poor sleep contributes to health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, poor daytime functioning, accidents, mental problems, and depression.
Yes! Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. They can refer you to the Sleep Lab for specialized evaluation and treatment specific to your problem. You may also contact the sleep center on your own to speak with a clinician to determine need for further evaluation.
You can call the sleep lab at 575-522-2777 to schedule an initial appointment with a physician or clinician. If you need a sleep study to make a diagnosis this will be scheduled during the visit.
A sleep study (also called a polysomnogram) is a collection of different body functions measured during your sleep, including brain waves, eye movements, breathing patterns, heart rate and rhythm, oxygen levels in the blood, and leg movements.
You will arrive at the center in the evening and spend the night in our comfortable, hotel-like laboratory. Painless electrodes are attached to the body to measure your specific information. Specially trained sleep technicians monitor your sleep all night, gather data, and answer further questions. You will be awakened around 6:30 am and may go home. Your sleep study information is reviewed by the physician in detail to determine if you have a sleep disorder. You will be contacted about your results within 2 weeks or less.
Treatment is different for different diagnoses. If you are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, Restless Legs Syndrome, Narcolepsy, or Insomnia, the details of treatment will be discussed with you. Medications and/or CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) are commonly prescribed for Sleep Apnea. If you have another condition it will be discussed with you in detail. Full education on your condition will help you and the sleep specialist make choices in your treatment for maximum relief of symptoms.
Once we receive information regarding your insurance carrier, we will verify your coverage and will discuss this with you. You may have co-payments for office visits and/or the sleep study.