When Was the Last Time You Had a Good Night’s Sleep?
The Sleep Disorders Center is located at St. Francis hospital in the Ohio Building, 3267 S. 16th St., Milwaukee and can provide evaluation and treatment of all sleep-related disorders.
Warning signs of a sleep disorder can include:
- difficulty falling or staying asleep
- falling asleep at inappropriate times
- headaches or nausea upon awakening
- loud snoring or snoring interrupted by pauses, then gasps
- unusual movements or behaviors during sleep.
After an initial evaluation by a physician, you may be referred for an outpatient sleep study conducted by experienced technicians. The Sleep Disorders Center at St. Francis consists of two private rooms with private bathrooms and sleep number beds for your comfort. You will sleep in your own room with recording devices attached to your body while a technician in the control room monitors your sleep. Each room has an intercom to keep you in communication with the technician.
Sleep Disorders testing services
Common Sleep Disorders
- Polysomnogram or Sleep Study – This study provides key data about your sleep disorder by monitoring things like heartbeat and airflow while you sleep
- CPAP Titration – a sleep study where the patients wears a mask that delivers air to maintain normal breathing
- Split Night Study – A sleep study in which a mask or CPAP is placed on the patient halfway through the study for sleep apnea
- MLST (Multiple Sleep Latency Test) - Used to diagnose narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Test – Measures a person’s ability to maintain wakefulness
- CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy clinic – a program to assist with insomnia without the use of medication.
If left untreated, sleep disorders can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack as well as irritability, depression, accidents and stress. Common sleep disorders include:
Preparing for your sleep study
- sleep apnea– heavy snoring where airflow is blocked
- narcolepsy– difficulty staying awake
- restless leg syndrome
- night terrors
The following information will help you prepare for your study:
What to bring to your sleep study
- Do not drink beverages containing alcohol or caffeine the night before your study.
- Do not take a nap on the day of your appointment.
- Continue to take all prescribed medication unless notified otherwise.
- Please shower on the day of your appointment and do not use creams, oils or sprays on your body or hair.
- Men should shave, however, men with beards do not have to shave them off.
- Fingernail polish must be removed from your index finger.
- Contact your insurance company to verify authorization.
Bring comfortable bed clothes, personal toilet articles, medications and your own pillow if desired. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which can be mailed in advance. Bring a snack and medication if you are a diabetic.
For more information
For more information about your sleep study and other testing services or to schedule an appointment, contact 414-389-3060.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis
Sleep Disorders Center
3267 S. 16th St., Suite 108
Milwaukee, WI 53215