ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you or someone you know snores or gets sleepy after lunch, they likely need a sleep study. There’s a new location in O’Fallon, Illinois.
The HSHS Sleep Disorders Center on Wall Street actually moved from Belleville as part of the new replacement hospital, St. Elizabeth’s. Registered sleep technologist Sandra Barnes explains you’ll come in about 8 p.m. and be placed in a private bedroom. A technician will place electrodes on you.
“We’re going to basically watch you sleep for half the night, which is usually about two to three hours. We’ll do a diagnostic portion, where we watch to see exactly what is going on with your sleep,” she says.
She says if your breathing becomes shallow or stops a certain number of times in that time frame, you may then quality for a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It uses mild air pressure to keep your breathing airways open. If you are still reluctant, she points out that untreated sleep apnea can cause other health issues including stroke.