100 Lincoln Avenue
Carbondale, PA
Tel: (570) 281-1000


SERVICES: SLEEP LAB

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 Do You Sleep Well?
Sleep is a basic necessity of life, as fundamental to our health and well-being as air, food and water. According to a recent Gallup Poll conducted for the National Sleep Foundation, one out of every two people suffers from sleeplessness at some point in their lives, many of them chronically.
 When You Are Deprived of Sleep:
We are less alert and attentive, more inclined to irritability and other mood problems that can make our relationships with family, friends and co-workers difficult. Our concentration and judgment suffers, our ability to perform even simple tasks declines, our productivity is sabotaged. Sleeplessness, whether it's the result of a sleep disorder or an overextended lifestyle, invites diminished quality of life and deteriorating health.
 Are you one of them? 

If you have one or more of the following symptoms, it is important to be examined by your doctor:

  • Repeated snoring interrupted by silence
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Loss of energy, fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
 Preparing for Sleep Study:
Your doctor has recommended further testing before a diagnosis is made and has scheduled you for a sleep study. A sleep study is a safe and painless test performed at night while you sleep, by a certified technician. Comfortable clothing such as sleep wear is advisable. The Sleep Lab is located on the first floor for easy access. All valuables should be kept at home or checked with the registration person to be stored in the hospital safe.
 Scheduling Your Sleep Study:
All sleep studies are conducted by appointments made through your doctor's office. Only one sleep study is scheduled nightly Monday through Friday 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to prepare for the testing.
 Registration:
You will receive two phone calls, one from the Sleep Lab to explain the process and answer questions, and one from the Registration Office to confirm your appointment and to take registration information. Sleep studies are usually covered by most insurance plans, so please have your insurance information available. On the evening of your appointment, report to Outpatient Registration, first floor, to verify your information.
 Sleep Studies:
Throughout the testing, a technician will monitor data about your sleep and breathing patterns. You may sleep in any position, move freely, and use the rest room during the night.

Results of your test will be interpreted by credentialed physicians and your physician will receive a written report within four days.
 Sleep Apnea:

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which a person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. As the soft tissues and muscle in and around the throat relax, the airway becomes narrower, which causes snoring and breathing difficulties. If these muscles relax too much, the airway can become completely blocked preventing breathing.

After a period of time, which may be anything from ten seconds to two minutes, the brain realizes there is a lack of oxygen and alerts the body to wake up. Though the person is often not aware of it, this process can occur hundreds of times during the night, severely disrupting sleep.

Today, there are many conservative options in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea including the following:

  • Weight Loss
  • Dental Devices
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Alcohol Avoidance

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP therapy delivers lightly pressurized air through a small nose mask while you sleep. The flow of air acts like an "air splint" to keep the upper airway open and prevent snoring and apneas. Most people experience almost immediate and total relief with CPAP treatment.

 Questions:
If you have any questions, ask your physician or call Marian Community Hospital Sleep Lab at (570) 281-1070.
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