Sleep Health Institute
The only hospital-based sleep lab in Snohomish County accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Providence Sleep Health Institute at Providence Regional has treated more than 20,000 patients since it first opened in 1986.
Our sleep lab is located in the Pavilion for Women and Children in Everett. While the lab is equipped with sophisticated technology and equipment, the 10 private sleep study rooms are home-like and comfortable to help put you at ease during your stay with us.
Diagnosis of sleep disorders - how it works
We provide diagnosis of almost 250 known sleep disorders. When you are a patient at the Institute, you begin by spending a night in our lab. Before you go to sleep, we'll attach painless monitors to your body. While you're sleeping, a sleep specialist in another room observes your heart rhythm, brain waves and muscle activity, body position, breathing and oxygen levels. This data is then used to formulate your diagnosis. In some cases, further testing may be needed.
Personalized sleep disorder treatment plan
We are experienced in treating a full range of adult and child sleep health issues, including snoring, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, sleepwalking, night terrors, and many more.
If we find you do have a sleep disorder, we develop a tailored treatment plan just for you. If CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is prescribed, our respiratory therapists provide follow-up care to help you with your equipment and ongoing treatment.
Our support group, called AWAKE (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic), meets monthly to offer education and support to patients with sleep disorders, as well as their family members and friends.
Common sleep disorders
Insomnia - a frustrating inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, keeps 30% of adults wide awake. This problem can be caused by a combination of psychological, biological, medical, lifestyle and environmental factors.
Sleep/Wake Disturbances - such as those associated with jet lag or work shift changes, are caused by jolts to the body's "biological clock." While relatively short-term, they can certainly affect how you feel.
Snoring - generally regarded as harmless, snoring should not be taken lightly. Not only a threat to domestic harmony, snoring may be a symptom of a more serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea - is the repeated stopping of breathing for more than 10 seconds at a time during sleep. Three episodes can occur as often as 40 to 60 times an hour, depriving the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen. It causes fatigue and daytime sleepiness.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) - describes irresistible leg movements. It is often accompanied by a creeping sensation deep in the legs, although arms can also be affected. A similar condition is periodic leg movements in sleep (PLMS), which describes repetitive leg movements lasting as long as five seconds and occurring every 20 to 40 seconds. This may disrupt sleep and lead to excessive drowsiness during the day.
Sleepwalking and Night Terrors - are sleep-disrupting disorders that share some common symptoms, not the least of which is fear of waking up somewhere besides one's own bed. Sufferers may appear confused or disoriented. They may do things automatically in their sleep, such as walking around, looking for and hiding things. And they may not remember what they did when they wake up.
Narcolepsy - affects only a small percentage of the population, but can be greatly embarrassing and even dangerous. It is characterized by daytime sleep attacks, and may be associated with Cataplexy - the complete or partial loss of muscle tone - and hallucinations that can occur while falling asleep.
REM Behavioral Disorder - is characterized by vigorous, often dangerous, sleep behaviors accompanied by vivid dreaming. Normally, a state of "paralysis" occurs during REM sleep. With REM behavior disorder, however, patients may physically, often violently, act out their dreams.
Contact the Sleep Health Institute
900 Pacific Avenue
Everett, WA 98201