have shown that sleep disorders are linked with a
variety of health problems, including heart disease.
St. Luke's Magic Valley Sleep Institute provides excellent
care to patients with sleep disorders. Our highly
trained team leader and Sleep Lab staff work closely
with four primary physicians specializing in the
diagnosis and treatment of these disorders.
If you or someone you know is suffering
from a sleep disorder, consult your
doctor to see if you may need a referral to St. Luke's Magic
Valley Sleep Institute.
Sleep is essential for good health. However, millions of people suffer with some type of sleep disorder that prevents them from having a good night's sleep. Often the symptoms of a sleep disorder go unrecognized and untreated. Without help, an individual's quality of life can suffer, possibly leading to other medical conditions or even an injury.
St. Luke's Magic Valley Sleep Institute is dedicated to diagnosing and treating a variety of sleep disorders. You can rest assured that you are in good hands with our highly trained physicians and technicians.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) affects an estimated 5-10 percent of the population. When asleep, the muscles that stiffen and open the throat relax. This relaxation leads to slight sleep-related narrowing of the throat. In people with OSAS, the sleep-related throat narrowing is so great that breathing becomes difficult. The brain senses that there is a problem and briefly awakens in order to increase the effort to breathe. Once awake with a fully open throat, the effort to breathe decreases. The person resumes sleep and the cycle repeats itself throughout the night. This cycle can disturb sleep dozens or hundreds of time each night. The episodes are so brief that they are not remembered.
Obstructive sleep apnea can put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can cause excessive daytime sleepiness that affects both your work and/or social activities and may lead to accidents while driving.
Warning Signs !
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- A snoring pattern interrupted by pauses, then gasping
- Inappropriate daytime sleepiness
- Trouble with concentration, forgetfulness, depression, irritability
- Morning headaches, frequent nighttime urination, sexual dysfunction
A polysomnogram, or sleep study, is an outpatient
procedure performed overnight at the Sleep Institute.
Several small electrodes are placed on the surface
of the skin to monitor overnight sleep patterns
such as brain waves, muscle activity, heart rate,
breathing, and snoring. Sometimes additional testing
is needed during the day to diagnose other types
of sleep disorders. A consultation is often offered
before and after testing to tailor the testing,
diagnosis, and treatment to your needs.
The Sleep Institute offers rapid diagnostic and
treatment services to restore quality, restful
sleep. Trained sleep specialists will interpret
the results and work with you to find the most
The private rooms used for testing
resemble comfortable hotel rooms, with large comfortable
beds, individual thermostats in each room, cable
TV, and restful decor.
Your sleep study will be scored,
and every minute that you are asleep is
looked at and analyzed. It is then reviewed by
one of our interpreting physicians. The findings
are integrated with your sleep history to determine
a diagnosis and to make treatment recommendations.
A sleep study report is sent to your physician.
This process usually takes about a week.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea (OSAS),
your physician may have you return to the Sleep Institute for a sleep study with Continuous
Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP is the most effective
and widely used method of treating sleep apnea.
While you sleep, this system gently delivers air
into your airway through a specially designed mask
that fits over your nose and mouth. This creates
enough pressure to keep the airway open and produce
immediate relief from sleep apnea and snoring.
The CPAP does not breathe for you; you can breathe
at a normal rate. The CPAP machine will not cause
you any pain.
At the start of a CPAP study, sensors
will once again be applied to your skin and the
technologist will monitor you throughout the night.
Before you fall asleep the technologist will fit
you with the CPAP device. The technologist is trained
in using the CPAP apparatus and can answer most
questions and concerns that may arise during your
You will have to wear CPAP every night at home
after your second study is finished. You will be
set up with a CPAP machine after one of our interpreting
physicians has looked at your study and recommended
a therapeutic pressure for you to wear at home.
This process usually takes about a week.
We will notify the durable
medical equipment (DME) company of your choosing. The DME company will then contact
you to get you set up with the CPAP.
For more information or to schedule
an appointment, please call us at
St. Luke's Magic Valley Sleep Institute
450 Falls Avenue,
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
Phone: (208) 933-0040
Fax: (208) 933-0042
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
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