1035 West Wayne Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879
Phone: 419.399.4080, Toll Free: 1.800.741.1743
Living with a sleep disorder can interfere with your performance at home, school or work and can even affect your relationships with family and friends. In most cases, sleep disorders can be easily managed once they are properly diagnosed.
What does a sleep study involve? Once your physician determines you need a sleep study, you will be scheduled to stay overnight at Paulding County Hospital's sleep lab. You will have your own home like bedroom which includes a full size bed, a television, even a fan. During your study your breathing, brainwaves, muscle activity and heart rhythms will be monitored and recorded. After your study, an appointment is made with Dr. Gray and he will review the results of the study and recommend treatment.
Many employers, especially the FMCSA, are discovering the risks associated with their employees who experience sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects 28% of truck drivers today which is extremely dangerous considering the risks for daytime sleepiness and limited attention, not to mention the increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and 4-6 times higher risk of vehicle accidents. To further assist with the diagnosis of sleep apnea, PCH now offers home sleep studies. While you sleep in the comfort or your own bed, a device will record measurements which will then be read by a physician who can then determine the appropriate course of treatment.
One common treatment is a prescription for a CPAP machine which delivers positive pressurized room air through a nasal mask to keep the airway open and prevent it from collapsing during sleep. PCH's respiratory department can offer supplies and fittings for most recommendations.
If you have questions or need additional information about PCH's Sleep Clinic, please call 419-399-1133.