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Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleep patterns that can affect the amount, timing and quality of sleep you receive. They can also be related to mental health issues. Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Sleep specialists in Greater Denver

Good sleep keeps you moving, and we help you get the full night's rest you need.

If you suffer from sleeplessness, talk to your primary care doctor about getting a referral to a specialist at one of our sleep clinics. At HealthONE facilities, our adult and pediatric sleep specialists provide diagnostics, including sleep studies, and treatments for a full range of disorders.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Sleep disorders we treat

While the most common sleep disorder we assess is sleep apnea, we also treat a variety of other sleep problems in adults and children, including:

  • Bed-wetting
  • Bruxism (teeth gnashing or clenching)
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hypoxemia (low blood oxygen)
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nocturnal myoclonus syndrome (NMS)
  • Parasomnias
  • Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea

Services provided at our sleep centers

Sleep is every bit as important as diet and exercise to your overall wellness. It helps your body repair muscle tissue and your brain organize the massive amount of daily information it receives. So our programs are designed to help you get that rest.

Signs of sleep disorders

Sleep disorders can come in many forms and vary in how severely they impact you. If you answer "yes" to two or more of the questions below, ask your doctor about getting a referral to one of our sleep centers.

  • Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?
  • Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
  • Do you awaken frequently during the night?
  • Do others say you snore loudly?
  • Do others say you stop breathing in your sleep?
  • Do you suddenly awaken, gasping for breath?
  • Do you get morning headaches?
  • Do you feel your body going limp when you are angry or surprised?
  • Do you experience vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening?
  • Do you experience leg pain during the night?
  • Do others say you kick and thrash while asleep?
  • Do you wake up with heartburn, coughing or wheezing?
  • Do you have recurrent episodes of sleepwalking, nightmares or abnormal behavior while sleeping, such as violent actions, head banging or other related behaviors?

Sleep studies

Generally, you would not remember if you stopped breathing or had other involuntary actions during sleep. Instead, you may feel like you did not sleep well and are not well rested. This is why a comprehensive sleep study performed by trained and experienced specialists is important to diagnosing a sleep problem.

Sleep studies and sleep disorder treatment begin with your environment. At our sleep clinics, we not only offer both medical and surgical treatments from a multidisciplinary team of expert sleep doctors, but we offer hotel-style accommodations with private restrooms equipped with showers. We know how important sleep is, and we want you to be as comfortable as possible while undergoing study or treatment.

Types of sleep studies

Sleep studies are painless and are conducted so sleep medicine specialists can identify what is causing your sleep problem. Once a referral is made, our sleep center will contact your health insurance company to get authorization for coverage before the study.

Following a sleep study, we will review the findings and make recommendations to your referring physician, which could include the use of machines or medications. Some of the studies we offer are:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration — This study focuses on treating sleep apnea with CPAP therapy, where a hose is connected to a facemask that delivers steady air flow to help your breathing as you sleep. Other treatment modalities that may be used in CPAP titration include bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) devices, adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) and average volume-assured pressure support (AVAPS).
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) — MSLTs are used to determine a diagnosis of narcolepsy. This two-part test consists of an overnight baseline study and a series of four to five nap tests the following day.
  • Polysomnogram (PSG) — A PSG is a diagnostic sleep study that measures brain wave activity, respiratory effort, pulse, eye movement and leg movement. This standard study allows us to identify a host of different sleep disorders.
  • Split night — A split night study is a combination of a PSG and CPAP titration study. The first part of the study records a diagnostic baseline. If sleep-disorder breathing events are present during the first half of the night, CPAP is initiated for the remainder of the study.
In-lab sleep testing

In-lab sleep studies involve you coming to one of our sleep centers. There, our specialists monitor electronic sensors attached to your body while you sleep, which analyze up to 25 continuous measurements, including heart activity, breathing, oxygen level and brain activity. This data tells them what is causing your sleeping issue and allows them to create the right treatment plan so you can get back to sleeping normally.

Home sleep testing

Sleep testing at home is available if you meet certain criteria and have a high suspicion of obstructive sleep apnea. If you qualify, home sleep testing can be very convenient and cost-effective, involving small, portable monitors that record your respiratory effort, pulse, oxygen saturation, nasal flow and snoring. Home sleep testing is not appropriate if you have certain pre-existing conditions. In these instances, in-lab sleep testing will be advised.

Treatment for sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a respiratory condition that causes breathing to stop and start during sleep. This is dangerous because it means your body does not get adequate oxygen. It can also leave you feeling tired and unable to stay awake and alert throughout the day.

Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of:

  • Accidents, especially car accidents
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease
  • Stroke (cardiovascular accident)
  • Type 2 diabetes

In addition to CPAP devices, HealthONE hospitals offer two special treatments for sleep apnea:

Upper airway stimulation

Upper airway stimulation devices can work as an alternative to the use of a CPAP machine. Upper airway stimulation is a tiny implantable device that works with your natural breathing process. The system includes a small generator, a sensing lead and a stimulation lead.

The device is turned on by a handheld remote and delivers mild stimulation to the muscles of the tongue to keep the airway open. You are responsible for turning it on and off each night.

HealthONE sleep center locations

Rose Sleep Disorders Center
4567 East Ninth Avenue, Denver, CO 80220
(303) 320-7471
Office hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm, overnight studies available seven days a week

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center/Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Advanced Center for Sleep Medicine
2055 N High St, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80205
(720) 754-2059
Office hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, overnight studies available seven days a week

Sky Ridge Medical Center – Sleep Center
10101 RidgeGate Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(720) 225-3100
Office hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, overnight studies beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday , Friday and Saturday

Non-CPAP treatment for sleep apnea

We offer an innovative new treatment for people with sleep apnea who are unable to use CPAP devices to manage their sleep disorders: upper airway stimulation (UAS). This small, implantable device helps open the airway so you can breathe easier.

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