Sleep Disorders Laboratory
Are you dreaming of a good night's sleep?
Our state-of-the-art Sleep Disorders Laboratory staff is helping people to sleep better. The Sleep Lab, equipped with the latest diagnostic tools available in sleep medicine, assists healthcare providers in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from chronic sleep disorders, such as Apnea, Insomnia, Sleep Walking, and Restless Leg Syndrome.
Patients sleep in one of two comfortable and private rooms while a highly trained Respiratory Therapist monitors your sleep pattern, brain wave, breathing, and heart activity, and body movements.
Designed with you in mind
In an effort to provide the most comfortable experience possible we equipped each room with a flat screen television, a leather recliner, and a personal bathroom with showers. In addition a bagged breakfast is provided before going home.
On your way to a good night's sleep
Our digital video and audio system is unique to the North Country. The system allows the sleep technician to instantly pinpoint a patient’s sleeping position, noise, or movement in conjunction with a breathing irregularity.
Our T1 high-speed network provides virtually instant data sharing with Fletcher Allen Health Care and their physicians, significantly reducing the turn around time of your sleep study results.
Two Neurologists who are leaders in the field of sleep medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont read the results of your sleep test and consult with your health care provider to determine the most beneficial treatment plan for you.
Alice Hyde Medical Center’s experienced sleep study professionals will work closely with your health care provider to provide you with the high quality, compassionate care you deserve.
Malinda Gonyea, RN, RPSGT, RST, AE-C, CCSH
Dr. Joseph McSherry, Neurologist, The University of Vermont Medical Center
Heidi Robbins, RN, RPSGT
Common sleep disorders
Men and women who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times in one night. There are multiple causes for sleep apnea but the most common is a flap of skin in the back of the throat that collapses while you sleep, thus blocking the flow of air. After 30-60 seconds pass your brain jolts you awake so you can catch a breath and often with no memory of doing so. This can lead to a number of medical problems if left untreated. The most obvious indicators that a person may have apnea are loud snoring and irregular breathing patterns. Usually a person’s bed partner is the one who notices the behavior.
Narcolepsy causes a person to fall asleep unintentionally at inappropriate times during the day, such as, while driving, eating, or even talking. People who suffer from narcolepsy can experience a feeling of paralysis just before falling asleep or upon waking up accompanied by vivid dreams or hallucinations. A person with narcolepsy may also experience muscle weakness in response to strong emotions like anger or laughter.
Sleepwalking usually occurs during the third and the four stages of sleep. Sleep walking activity can vary from person to person and even from episode to episode. The sleeper may merely sit up in bed, or he or she may get up and walk around the room or even leave the house and walk down the street. Some very complicated activities occasionally occur, such as rearranging furniture, cooking a meal, or driving a car. Various issues can cause sleepwalking such as drug or mental issues to major lifestyle changes, including a move or a divorce. Sleepwalking can be dangerous, and many walkers are injured in falls or by walking into objects.
A person with insomnia may have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than desired in the morning. Insomnia symptoms include daytime fatigue, irritability, poor memory, loss of productivity, and decreased enjoyment of family and social life. This disorder may be caused by stress, depression, or anxiety, medications, or other sleep disorders.
People suffering with this disorder experience an intense urge to move their legs because of unpleasant feelings in them. This sensation most often occurs in the evening, especially when attempting to relax or sleep. Movement can provide temporary relief, but the impulses may consistently return. Fatigue caused by disrupted sleep may develop that eventually impacts normal functioning and quality of life.
Night Terrors disorder is an abrupt awakening in dazed terror with sweating, confusion, and a rapid heart rate that occurs during slow-wave sleep and is often preceded by a sudden shrill cry uttered in sleep, and is not remembered upon wakening.
The Alice Hyde Medical Center Sleep Disorders Laboratory is conveniently located at the Medical Center in Malone. For more information, contact the Sleep Disorders Laboratory at 518-481-2254.