Wheeling Hospital has a state-of-the-art Sleep Center that provides a wide range of testing for those who may be suffering from sleep disorders. The center, part of the hospital's Respiratory Care Services and accredited by the Joint Commission, provides clinical diagnostic evaluations and treatment.
Evaluations at the Sleep Center can distinguish between neurological disorders and breathing-related disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, which is marked by excessive snoring and experienced by 18 million people.
Additionally, excessive daytime sleepiness can be evaluated with multiple sleep latency testing. The center also provides maintenance of wakefulness testing for public transportation equipment operators.
Patients having sleep evaluation testing report to the Sleep Center during the early evening and leave shortly after 6 a.m. the following day. Those who must report to their jobs earlier can have their arrival times adjusted.
While the patient is asleep, a tremendous amount of data is collected for evaluation, including how long the patient remains in each stage of sleep, the amount and level of snoring, body movements and other indicators of sleep quality and adequate breathing.
After the evaluation, patients make appointments with their own physicians or a sleep specialist to discuss the test results and any necessary additional testing and treatment options.
Sleep disorders in themselves can seriously disrupt a person's life, and studies continue to show how lack of sleep can lead to other serious medical problems. That's why Wheeling Hospital offers sleep evaluations with the newest equipment available.
Patients must schedule appointments through their physicians, who may call the Sleep Center at 304-243-3720. As an approved provider in the Sleep Management Solutions Network, Wheeling Hospital's Sleep Center also provides testing for members of the West Virginia PEIA.