The Sleep Disorders Center
There are more than 80 different sleep disorders. At our sleep center, located at the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, we help thousands of people get the specialized treatment they need. Not sure if you have a sleep problem? Here’s a few questions to get you thinking:
- Do you snore loudly?
- Do you stop breathing or gasp for breath during sleep?
- Do you feel sleepy or doze off during daily activities, such as driving or reading?
- Do you have difficulty sleeping three or more nights a week?
- Do you feel an unpleasant tingling or creeping feeling in your legs when trying to sleep?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could be suffering from a treatable sleep disorder.
Our private rooms, experienced staff and advanced equipment make testing simple and comfortable.
The Sleep Disorders Center at MetroWest Medical Center performs all-night Polysomnograms (sleep studies) and daytime Polysomnograms (for shiftworkers). All of our sleep tests are conducted by experienced staff, using the latest equipment, in private rooms. To learn more about sleep studies, watch here.
Polysomnogram (Sleep Study)
During the study, special sensors record the activity of the heart, lungs, and brain; the movements of muscles; air flow from the nose and mouth; and the level of oxygen in the blood.
In addition, body movements are videotaped, and snoring, talking, or other noises made while asleep are recorded. A technician monitors the recording all night to observe the patient and check for problems. If severe sleep apnea is found during the night, the technician may provide a device called CPAP, which keeps a patient’s air passages open and treats apnea.
Multiple Sleep Latency/Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing
A Multiple Sleep Latency Test, or a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test, are two ways of measuring excessive sleepiness.
These sleep tests require that you spend day in the Sleep Disorders Center. The sleep test consists of either a series of naps, or trials of staying awake at different intervals. You should have a normal night’s sleep the night before, or may have a polysomnogram.
For more information on sleep disorders and sleep studies, click here.
We also perform Home Sleep Apnea Screening.For more information on home testing, click here.
These sleep apnea tests help diagnose excessive sleepiness, loud snoring, and episodes of unusual activity at night.
Coming to spend some time with us? Here are a few tips:
- Bathe and wash hair, avoiding conditioners, oils or makeup. Clean hair and skin help the sensors stay attached. If you have artificial nails, please remove one for oxygen monitoring.
- Stick to a normal routine. If you usually exercise or take medication before bed, ask your sleep doctor whether you should do so the night of your study. Please do not bring food or drink to the sleep lab. Please refrain from any caffeinated or alcoholic beverages prior to your sleep study.
- Bring any ammenities, two-piece sleepwear and a current list of your medications with dosages, pillow, books or magazines, and anything else that helps you to sleep comfortably. Tell the sleep technician if you are uncomfortable or need any assistance during your sleep test.
- Overnight sleep tests usually conclude between 6-6:30 a.m. Most patients leave by 7:00 a.m. Smoking is not permitted in the hospital.
We will pre-register you for your test, so there will be no waiting time. Please bring a photo ID and your insurance card. Please give us 24-hour notice if you should choose to cancel or need to reschedule your appointment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Sleep Disorders Center at (508) 650-7799.