Tired of Being Tired?
There are at least 84 sleep disorders that may keep us up at night: sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, insomnia and narcolepsy, just to name a few.
The Sleep Center at Baylor University Medical Center offers comprehensive care for these disorders and other related conditions. The evaluation and diagnostic process begins with a referral from a patient's physician. A patient may also schedule the initial evaluation without a physician referral.
Common Sleep Disorders
When sleep problems persist, your quality of life suffers. The experienced, caring sleep specialists at the Sleep Center are here to help. We offer confidential diagnosis and treatment of a range of sleep problems, including:
- Circadian-rhythm disorders: conditions that disrupt a person's internal body clock and adversely affect the natural daily cycle of waking and sleeping
- Restless legs syndrome
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Teeth grinding
- Shift work sleep disorder: a circadian-rhythm disorder resulting from keeping a work schedule that interrupts the body’s natural sleep cycle
- Sleep walking
- Children's sleep disorders
Sleep Center at Baylor Dallas
The multidisciplinary team at the Sleep Center at Baylor Dallas includes the medical director, a board-certified pulmonologist in sleep medicine and pulmonology on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas. A team of experienced polysomnographers monitor the nighttime recordings and attend to the patient.
Our center offers:
- Four suites with advanced technologies, including a complete digital recording and monitoring systems
- DVD players
- Complimentary wireless Internet access
- Comprehensive care for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
The evaluation or diagnostic process includes:
- Referral from a patient’s physician or patient self-referral
- The patient completing a questionnaire prior to the appointment
- Keeping a sleep diary for one to two weeks
- If an overnight sleep study is recommended, you will sleep in a comfortable private bedroom
- After your sleep study is complete, a registered polysomnographer scores the recordings and one of the sleep center physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas interprets them
Once the sleep disorder is identified, your individual treatment plan is developed.
Treatments can include:
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for treatment of breathing disorders
- Sleep counseling
- Targeted therapies specific to the sleep problem
This is very important. Medications may need to be adjusted. If the patient has had a sleep study, they may need to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results and review treatment options.
Ongoing follow-up with a specialist on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas, when appropriate, contributes to the success of treatment. Not all patients require further follow-up. Your family physician will be sent a complete report of the findings and treatment. If your treatment plan is not providing you a good night's rest, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with the Sleep Center.
Sleep Study Evaluation
The evaluation or diagnostic process begins with a referral from your physician, or you may schedule the initial evaluation without a physician referral. Many times before scheduling a sleep study appointment, the patient completes a questionnaire detailing his or her symptoms and medical history.
A sleep diary may be kept for one to two weeks to obtain a view of your sleep habits.
If an overnight sleep study is recommended, you will sleep in a comfortable private bedroom. After arriving at the center, small sensors are placed on the surface of the skin of the head, trunk and legs to measure the following functions:
- Brain activity
- Muscle activity
- Oxygen levels
- Leg movements
- Heart rate
None of these devices penetrate the skin, and no blood is drawn.
Throughout the night, trained polysomnographers monitor the activity of these sensors to help provide an accurate sleep recording. Closed-circuit television and sound recordings allow the patient to be seen and heard throughout the night. Some patients worry about the need to get up during the night. If this is necessary, the technicians are available to assist the patient.