Rest Better, Live Better
The Sleep Center at Houston Northwest Medical Center offers:
- Sleep studies in a modern, home-like environment
- Board-certified sleep medicine specialists to pinpoint your sleep problem and help create a plan for solving it
- Experienced, caring staff
Do you often feel tired when waking up? Has your partner complained about snoring or other noises you make during sleep? If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. would like to improve their sleep habits, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Restful sleep is an important component in your overall health and well-being.
How We Can Help
Persistent changes in the normal sleep/wake cycle may indicate the presence of a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders have many different causes and many different symptoms. Some people have a hard time sleeping, while others sleep at inappropriate times. Some problems are temporary, but others are chronic.
The Sleep Center at Houston Northwest Medical Center offers both diagnosis and treatment for many types of sleep disorders. We understand that some sleep problems can be severe, so we provide a restful atmosphere in our home-like setting and controlled environment. We appreciate the importance of a good night’s sleep and know how imperative it is to live a healthy life.
Proper diagnosis of sleep disorders sometimes requires an overnight sleep study (also called a polysomnogram). The test is performed to diagnose possible sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy or restless leg syndrome.
Specially trained technologists monitor you throughout the night in comfortable surroundings designed to simulate the sleep environment at home. The test is painless, noninvasive and lasts no longer than a couple of nights. This kind of sleep evaluation includes brain wave and heart rhythm monitoring, and tests for:
- eye movements
- muscle tension
- respiratory activity
- blood-oxygen saturation
Sleep studies are available for adults and children.
Tips for Better Sleep
Some sleep disturbances are minor, and may be caused by behaviors that you can change on your own. The National Sleep Foundation offers the following tips for a good night’s sleep:
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime.
- Minimize light, noise and temperature extremes in the bedroom.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends and days off.
- Finish eating at least two to three hours before going to bed.
- Exercise regularly.
A simple phone call to The Sleep Center is all that’s needed to set up a consultation with a board-certified sleep medicine specialist. You can reach the Sleep Center by calling (281) 397-2719.
A doctor’s order is required for a sleep study. You can find a doctor by using the Houston Northwest Physician Finder.