- Sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep and is often accompanied by snoring. People with sleep apnea stop breathing or breathe ineffectively at least five times per hour and snore loudly. Each apnea ends with a snort or gasp, often with body movement.
- Severe snoring, which can increase the work of breathing so much that fragmented or unrestorative sleep may develop. People with emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis or congestive heart failure may experience worsening symptoms at night when oxygen levels drop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to our most common Sleep Studies questions.
What are the Next Steps for Sleep Study Candidates?If you think you are a candidate for a sleep study, please contact your personal physician. Your physician will fax (319-233-2280) an order to Midwest Sleep Studies in Waterloo. Arrangements for the patient to arrive at BCHC in the mid-evening hours for testing will be made. Two sleep study rooms are available at BCHC and tests are scheduled on an as-needed basis. For more information call the BCHC Outpatient Clinic at 319-332-0950.
Who Should Have a Sleep Study?You may be a candidate for a sleep study if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Feeling tired when you wake in the morning
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
- Irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating
- You wake up choking, gasping or with a racing heart
- Difficulty staying awake when driving, reading, attending a meeting or watching TV