sleep lab

If your doctor suspects that you have a sleep disorder, you may be prescribed a sleep study.


  • Do you snore?
  • Does your partner snore?
  • Are you not sleeping because your bed partner snores?
  • Are you always tired? (Are you tired of being tired?)
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you suffer from diabetes or heart disease?


The sleep study is done in a comfortable, private room in the Sleep Lab at Palo Pinto General Hospital. The sleep study is a safe, painless and simple evaluation of how your body functions during sleep. The study is performed by a trained sleep technician.

Data recorded while you are sleeping, is later reviewed by a board-certified sleep physician. The sleep physician will diagnose and determine if therapy is needed.

If the physician recommends therapy, another sleep study will be scheduled so data can be collected while you sleep with a device.



·         Snoring is a sign that your airway is partially blocked. The sound is made as the flow of air causes tissue in the back of your throat to vibrate.

·         Snoring can disrupt the sleep of both the person who snores and his or her bed partner.

·         OSA occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat, blocking the upper airway.

·         People with OSA may stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.

CPAP Therapy

The most effective treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure – or CPAP.

·         CPAP provides a steady stream of air through a mask worn during sleep, keeping the airway open.

·         Weight loss also may reduce sleep apnea severity in people with OSA. Behavioral strategies should be combined with CPAP therapy.

·         Effective treatment of OSA, such as CPAP, improves quality of life by restoring healthy sleep, improving daytime alertness and concentration, increasing physical energy and reducing feelings of depression.

·         Treating OSA also decreases the risk for other serious medical problems such as high blood pressure and heart attack.

·         In patients with moderate-to-severe OSA, it is estimated that CPAP therapy reduces the 10-year risk of:

o   Motor vehicle collisions by 52 percent;

o   Heart attacks by 49 percent; and

o   Stroke by 31 percent.


At least 23.5 million adults in the US have untreated obstructive sleep apnea(OSA), which involves the repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep.

OSA is a serious sleep illness that is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and stroke.

·         It is estimated that 30 percent of people with high blood pressure also have OSA.

·         When left untreated, severe sleep apnea may increase your risk of death by three to four times and it may increase your risk of dying from heart disease by five times.

·         Up to 80 percent of patients with Type 2 diabetes suffer from unrecognized OSA, and increasing severity of OSA is associated with worsening glucose control.

·         Adults with severe OSA are about two and a half times more likely to develop depression.

·         Men with severe OSA are about three times more likely to have a stroke

The major risk factor for OSA is excess body weight.

A common warning sign for OSA is loud and frequent snoring, along with silent pauses in breathing that are followed by gasping or choking sounds.

Other warning signs of sleep apnea include:

·         Morning headaches

·         Excessive sleepiness

·         Trouble concentrating

·         Memory problems

·         General moodiness, irritability or depression