Sleep Disorders Center

Everyone sleeps, but not everyone sleeps well.

Each night, more than 70 million Americans who suffer from a sleep disorder struggle to get a good night’s rest, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The Sleep Disorders Center at St. John Medical Center provides the latest resources in the diagnosis and treatment of sleeping problems. Our multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals helps patients manage their sleep disorders and restore their quality of life. 

The St. John Sleep Disorders Center ranks among the highest quality centers in the United States. The program recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM.)

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training. Additionally, the facility’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

The St. John Sleep Disorders Center is a full-service center for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Conveniently located on the St. John Medical Center campus, the Center includes 10 hotel-like private bedrooms with private bathroom and shower facilities. The adjoining high-tech monitoring area is equipped with polysomnographs and other sensitive instrumentation used to detect sleep issues.

What to expect during a sleep study

At the Sleep Disorders Center, we evaluate patients’ respiration and other physiologic measurements while they sleep. Small electrodes are attached to the skin to measure snoring, eye and leg movements, muscle and brain wave activity, oxygen saturation, respiratory effort and heart rate. Breathing is monitored by measuring airflow at the nose and mouth. These measures do not interfere with normal breathing, and no significant discomfort or risk is involved. 

To confirm the diagnosis of narcolepsy or to document the presence of pathological daytime sleepiness, a series of four or five 20-minute daytime naps, spaced at two-hour intervals, are performed following an overnight sleep study. 

Following diagnosis, treatment will be administered based upon the severity of the sleep disorder and corresponding health issues. 

Think you may have a sleep disorder? Click here to access the Epworth test, a brief series of questions which can help you determine if you have a problem.