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Sleep Center

Phone: 608-643-7574
Our Sleep Center is a two-bed center Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).  With this accreditation, our sleep center entered the ranks of the AASM accredited centers/laboratories for sleep related breathing disorders, which provide the highest quality of patient care.  The AASM is committed to ensuring that those in the field of sleep medicine provide excellent healthcare and enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element for health, public safety, and the quality of life.  By successfully completing the accreditation process and upholding the stringent Standards for Accreditation, our Sleep Center demonstrates dedication to the advancement of sleep medicine.  

Complimentary tours of the sleep center are available by appointment. 

Our sleep center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to provide testing on patients age 14 though adult.  Daytime studies are offered for those patients who work night shifts.  Breakfast is complimentary the morning following your study.

Accommodations 

Our patient bedrooms are equipped with comfortable queen-size beds, cable TV, fans, private bathrooms, and a two-way intercom system.  We provide additional services for those patients with specials needs, such as a recliner or bedside commode. 

Preparing for Your Sleep Study
Bathe and wash your hair before coming for the sleep study.  Don’t use lotions, oils or makeup on your skin.  Men should be clean shaven unless they have a beard.  Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine the day of your study.  Bring comfortable sleepwear.  You may also bring your own pillow, reading material and any medications you need to take before bed. Inform your technologist if you need to be up at a certain time.

Our Sleep Center Medical Director
Alexander M. Villareal, MD – Sleep Medicine

Sleep Disorders
There are many sleep disorders that can affect your health and quality of life. Two of the more common sleep disorders are:

Sleep Apnea - If you have sleep apnea, your throat becomes blocked during the night and you stop breathing for short periods of time. You may alternate between snoring loudly and being silent. You might gasp or snort in your sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you may:

  • Wake up tired, even after a full night’s sleep
  • Wake up with a headache
  • Feel depressed
  • Feel very sleepy or fall asleep at inappropriate times (at work or while driving)
  • Wake up choking or gasping for air
  • Be irritable and short-tempered
  • Snore
  • Have problems concentrating or remembering
  • Stop breathing for short periods during the night
  • Sleep apnea may result in health problems such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

Periodic Limb Movements - a sleep disorder where your legs and/or arms move uncontrollably during the night disrupting your sleep. 

If you suspect you may have a sleep disorder, the next step is to schedule an evaluation with your physician.  Based on the results of that evaluation, an overnight sleep study may be recommended. Sleep studies are often referred to as Nocturnal (night time) Polysomnograms (many graphs).  A qualified sleep technologist will attach several electrodes and sensors to monitor your body while you sleep. This Includes - airflow, respiratory effort, eye movements, leg movements, brain waves and oxygen levels to name a few. The procedure is painless.  You are allowed to use the restroom during the night.  Your technologist will make every effort to ensure you are comfortable during the study.  If the technologist determines that you have sleep apnea, treatment in the form of CPAP may be instituted during the night of your study.  CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.  CPAP uses gentle air pressure to hold the airway open during sleep.  It is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea. 

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Better Health Center 
250 26th Street, Suite 230
Prairie du Sac, WI  53578