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Valley County Health System offers two options for completing sleep studies: a Sleep Clinic located inside the hospital that features state-of-the-art equipment and is under the professional direction of respiratory therapists from Kearney Sleep Lab, as well as in-home sleep studies.
A sleep study is a seven to eight-hour (overnight) recording of physical changes that occur while a person sleeps. The person’s brain activity, heart rate, leg movements, oxygen levels, and breathing are tracked during a sleep study. At VCHS's Sleep Clinic, sleep studies are performed in a comfortable, private sleep room. Sleep studies are covered by Medicare and most major insurance plans. A sleep study is performed to evaluate possible sleep disorders such as insomnia, hypersomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, breathing difficulties during sleep, behavior sleep disturbances such as sleep walking, bedwetting, or snoring and night terrors.
An in-home sleep study allows patients to complete their sleep study in the comfort of their own home. VCHS provides the patient with the Philips Alice NightOne, which is a home sleep-testing device, to complete the overnight test. The palm-sized device straps around the patient's chest while they sleep and tracks to evaluate possible sleep disorders. VCHS Respiratory Therapist Mark Deaton meets with patients before the in-home sleep study to explain the device and meets with patients after the study is completed to review results.
If you’re tired during the day or aren’t able to get a good night’s sleep, a sleep study could help determine the cause. The study can find out if snoring or episodes of restricted or obstructed breathing are waking you up during the night. It can also help identify specific medical reasons that may be causing you to experience poor sleep and remain tired throughout the day
For more information, call 308.728.4200.