Comprehensive Care with the Comforts of Home
The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Sleep Laboratory offers the full range of sleep diagnostic studies adherent to American Academy of Sleep Medicine standards and protocols. With more than 30 years of combined experience, our caring and compassionate laboratory staff has thought of many amenities to make sure you have all the comforts of home, while receiving an accurate test and diagnosis. Your sleep solution is finally here with the following services and accommodations:
- Clean, comfortable hotel-like rooms with full-size bed and TV
- Preliminary results often on the morning following the study with interpreting M.D.
- Continental breakfast provided.
- Full bathroom/shower facilities
- State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment & technology
Quality Testing Standards and Timely Results
Our Sleep Lab staff approach each case with a thorough analysis of the patient history and testing data. For the duration of testing, every patient in the Mat-Su Regional Sleep Lab is attended by a registered technologist. Testing is designed to diagnose and complete any necessary intervention in one visit for most of our patients. A complete analysis is provided within 14 days and includes a treatment plan tailored to your condition. Once testing is complete, we are there to assist in your ongoing treatment.
Common Sleep Disorders
While we screen and treat more than 80 types of sleeping disorders, we find the following are the six most common:
- Sleep Apnea is a disorder of breathing during sleep that is potentially life-threatening and may require immediate medical attention. Typically it is accompanied by loud snoring. Apnea during sleep consists of brief periods throughout the night in which breathing stops. People with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen during sleep.
- Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS) are characterized by leg movements or jerks, which typically occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. PLMS cause sleep to be disrupted. These movements are typically reported by the bed partner. These movements fragment sleep and leave the person with excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a discomfort in the legs which is relieved by moving or stimulating the legs. This feeling is difficult to describe and commonly referred to as a crawling, tingling or prickling sensation.
- Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder affecting the part of the brain where regulation of sleep and wakefulness take place. Narcolepsy can be thought of as an intrusion of dreaming sleep (REM) into the waking state.
- Parasomnia is an event happening during sleep, or induced or exacerbated by sleep, such as sleepwalking.
- Insomnia is a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. It is not a disorder; it is a complaint. There are four major types of Insomnia: difficulty falling asleep; no problem falling asleep but difficulty staying asleep (many awakenings); waking up too early; and Sleep State Misperception.
Sleep For Health
Sleep is a basic necessity of life, as fundamental to our health as air, food and water. When we sleep well, we wake up refreshed and ready to face the day. When our sleep is interrupted, every aspect of our lives suffers. More than one-third of all Americans experience problems sleeping at some time in their lives. From snoring to sleepwalking to nightmares, any one of a number of sleep disorders can leave the sufferer listless, lethargic and forgetful.
A physician referral is required to schedule an appointment. Our staff will coordinate preauthorization with insurance companies when required and prepare all paperwork necessary. Most insurance companies cover all evaluation and treatment. As a courtesy to you, billing will be handled through the hospital. Please contact your insurance carrier for specific coverage questions.