Sleep Study (Polysomnography) Labs at Norton Sleep Center

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Sleep Study Labs With Top Technology and Comfort

The Norton Sleep Center team provides sleep studies in private, comfortable rooms in one of our four labs with the latest technology. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists are leading sleep medicine providers serving Louisville and Southern Indiana with the most experienced team in Kentucky.

Norton Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) — the gold standard for evaluating sleep medicine services.

In our sleep study labs, you’ll settle in for the night in a private sleep suite that includes cable TV and either a full- or queen-size bed. A shower is available on-site for your convenience.

You can choose to schedule your sleep study any of seven nights of the week. We have the flexibility to accommodate your needs and busy schedule.

You also may have a home sleep test, depending on insurance requirements or your sleep specialist’s judgment.

In-lab sleep studies are the most comprehensive and detailed. In-lab sleep studies help your physician diagnose issues such as restless legs syndrome and other disorders in addition to sleep apnea.

Your sleep specialist will determine which option is best for you.

Polysomnography Sleep Study

Sleep disorders can affect the whole body and contribute to conditions ranging from fatigue and depression to stroke and heart attack. It’s important to get tested right away by a team that is knowledgeable in all sleep disorders.

While you sleep, we record pertinent information that helps your physician determine the relationship between sleep, breathing and oxygen.

A registered sleep technologist scores your polysomnography results. Your sleep specialist uses the data to provide a pinpoint diagnosis and will discuss the results in a follow-up visit. Your specialist physician will provide a customized treatment plan.

Sleep study data includes:

  • Your sleep stages and disruptions caused by narcolepsy, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder or other conditions
  • Sleep apnea-related blood oxygen changes
  • Adjustments to positive airway pressure machines or to oxygen your sleep specialist may prescribe
  • Frequent leg movements
  • Unusual movement or behavior while asleep that can indicate REM sleep behavior disorder or another sleep disorder

What to Expect During a Norton Sleep Center Sleep Study

Your sleep specialist may advise you to avoid alcohol or caffeine beginning in the afternoon before your sleep study. Alcohol and caffeine can change your sleep patterns, clouding the diagnosis of underlying issues.

Avoid a nap during the day before your sleep study. You should bathe before arriving for your sleep study, but don’t apply lotion, perfume or makeup that could interfere with electrodes the technician will place on your skin.

You’ll arrive in the evening and spend the night. Bring whatever you need for your nighttime routine. You can sleep in your own night clothes.

The private lab room is similar to a hotel room. A low-light video camera will allow the technologists to see you when the lights are out. They can talk to you and hear you — via intercom — from their monitoring area outside the room.

Once you’re ready for bed, a technologist will place electrodes on your scalp, temples, chest and legs. Wires run from the electrodes to the polysomnography machine and are long enough to let you move around in bed. A small clip on your finger or ear will monitor oxygen levels in your blood.

Polysomnography monitors:

  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Body position
  • Brain waves
  • Breathing patterns
  • Chest and abdomen movement
  • Eye movements
  • Heart rate
  • Leg movements
  • Snoring and other noises

You may have greater difficulty getting to sleep or sleeping as soundly as you do at home. The sleep study doesn’t require a full night’s sleep to collect accurate data.

If you need to get up during the night, you can let the technologist know to detach the wires.

The technologist may have you try a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP or BPAP). These machines treat sleep apnea by delivering a gentle stream of air to improve your breathing while you sleep.

Norton Sleep Center: Comprehensive Care That Fits Your Schedule

Norton Sleep Center locations are staffed with fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians and sleep technologists who are experienced in diagnosing and treating a variety of sleep disorders.

  • All locations are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine — the gold standard for evaluating sleep medicine services.
  • We offer home sleep studiesinpatient sleep testing and a full suite of treatment options.
  • Our state-of-the-art sleep labs offer private, comfortable testing suites with full- or queen-size beds and showers. Sleep studies can be scheduled seven nights a week.
  • Our team of providers has more than 200 years’ collective experience diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
  • We have four convenient locations: Norton Audubon Hospital campus, Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus, Pleasure Ridge Park and on Newburg Road.
  • We work with patients in the transportation industry and the U.S. Department of Transportation to assist with required verifications to show sleep therapy compliance.
  • Our physicians specialize in diagnosing sleep disorders and giving you a personalized treatment plan.
  • Our sleep apnea treatment experience includes continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP), CPAP alternatives such as oral devices, and Inspire upper airway stimulation.

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