How We Diagnose a Sleep Disorder

We can diagnose nearly 250 known sleep disorders. The first step is a night in our sleep lab. Before you drift off, we attach painless monitors to your body. While you sleep, a sleep specialist observes various characteristics of your sleep – heart rhythm, brain waves and muscle activity, body position, breathing and oxygen levels. We use this data to formulate your diagnosis. In some cases, we might need further testing.

Personalized sleep treatment plan

If your sleep study confirms a sleep disorder, our experienced staff tailors a treatment plan just for you. If you need positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), respiratory therapists provide follow-up care to help with equipment and ongoing treatment.

Support group

Our support group, called AWAKE (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) meets every month to offer patients, family members and friends education and support.

Common sleep disorders

  • Insomnia, a frustrating inability to fall or stay asleep, keeps 30 percent of adults wide awake. It 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.” These issues may be relatively short-term, but they certainly affect how you feel.
  • Snoring is generally regarded as harmless. But, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s not just a threat to domestic harmony. It could be a symptom of a more serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Sleep apnea is when a person repeatedly stops breathing (for more than 10 seconds) during sleep, 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 can be accompanied by a creeping sensation deep in the legs, and arms can also be affected. Periodic leg movements in sleep (PLMS) is a similar condition with repetitive leg movements lasting as long as 5 seconds every 20 to 40 seconds. It can disrupt sleep and cause drowsiness during the day.
  • Sleepwalking and night terrors share common symptoms, including the fear of waking up somewhere other than your own bed. Sufferers can appear confused or disoriented and may walk around or hide things. They probably won’t remember what they did when they wake up.
  • Narcolepsy is uncommon, but can be dangerous. It involves daytime sleep attacks, loss of muscle tone and hallucinations while falling asleep.
  • REM behavioral disorder is characterized by vigorous, often dangerous, sleep behaviors accompanied by vivid dreaming. With normal sleep, we become paralyzed so we don’t act out our dreams. With REM behavior disorder, however, the paralysis is missing and patients may physically, often violently, act out their dreams.

Our Services

  • Sleep Disorders and Treatment

    Providence helps diagnose, treat and follow a range of common sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.
  • CPAP Machine

    Providence offers nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure as a treatment for sleep apnea.

Contact Us

Monroe Sleep Health

19200 North Kelsey St. Monroe, WA 98272

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.