While you sleep, your body is performing essential biological work to keep you healthy. It repairs cells, stores information, bolsters your immune system, removes toxins, and more. In fact, sleep is so important that we spend nearly two thirds of our lives doing it.
At the Lakeview Hospital Sleep Health Center, we recognize that sleep is critical for both your physical and mental health. Whether you’re experiencing problems while you sleep, or you’re having trouble falling asleep in the first place, our experts can help.
Through advanced testing, sleep studies and the latest treatments, we’ll get to the bottom of your sleep issues and create a personalized treatment plan to help you get your quality of sleep – and quality of life – back.
Our experienced staff is trained to help with almost any kind of adult sleep problem, including:
- Leg cramping
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- REM sleep behavior disorder
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sleep problems related to shift work
- Teeth grinding
We provide comprehensive care for sleep conditions. From initial testing and sleep studies to the latest therapies and equipment, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
First, a sleep specialist at our Stillwater Medical Group clinic will talk with you to evaluate your symptoms and health history. Next, we may recommend specific tests or a sleep study at our Sleep Health Center to determine the cause of your symptoms. We’ll help you understand your results, and together we’ll create a customized treatment plan to help improve or manage your condition.
Treatment options may include home equipment, such as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) equipment, medication, counseling, or lifestyle and behavioral therapy. HealthPartners Durable Medical Equipment offers maintenance of sleep apnea equipment by appointment at the Stillwater Medical Group clinic.
Our sleep health experts are trained to test, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. Our experienced team includes certified sleep physicians, pulmonologists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, registered sleep technologists, respiratory therapists and home equipment providers.
Our team uses a variety of sophisticated (and painless) tools to evaluate your sleep, including:
- Sleep studies – During a sleep study, you’ll stay overnight and sleep in a private, comfortable room complete with TV, private bathroom, internet access and room-darkening window treatments.
We'll monitor your sleep from another room using polysomnogram (PSG) technology, which records your brain activity and physical movement during various states of sleep and wakefulness. This gives us essential data for evaluating sleep and sleep-related complications.
A PSG can monitor extended electroencephalography (EEG) brain waves, oxygen levels, airflow, and abdominal and chest wall movements. During this test, you may be fitted with a special breathing mask or equipment to help improve your sleep condition.
*Please note: Before you can get approved for a sleep study, you’ll need a consultation appointment with a sleep specialist. Ask your primary care doctor for more information and they can connect you with the right specialist.
- Multiple sleep latency tests – These tests measure how long it takes to fall asleep, and monitor your sleep patterns through a series of naps. This requires an overnight stay, followed by a series of naps throughout the next day.
- Maintenance of wakefulness tests – For these tests, you are instructed to remain awake and sit quietly for a period of time to assess your ability to stay awake.
- Home sleep testing – Home sleep testing is done in the comfort of your own home and provides some of the same measurements as an in-lab sleep study. Beforehand you’ll have an appointment at the Sleep Health Center to get instructions from the technologist and pick up your equipment. Then you’ll sleep in the comfort of your own bed, and return the equipment to the Sleep Health Center the following day.
How do you know when it’s time to talk to a doctor about sleep problems? Everyone experiences restless nights from time to time, but if you have one or more of these common sleep disorder symptoms for more than three weeks, you may want to consider visiting a doctor:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty falling and staying asleep (insomnia)
- Difficulty focusing
- Nightmares or night terrors
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sleep paralysis
- Irresistible urge to move while sleeping
- Irritability, depression or anxiety related to lack of sleep
- Unusual breathing while sleeping
- Waking up by choking or gasping
Similar to a hotel stay, you’ll want to bring your medications, pajamas, toiletries, a change of clothes for the morning, and any special pillow or snack items (caffeine/stimulant free).
Yes, the technologist will inspect the device, tubing, and mask to ensure that it’s in working order. They’ll also determine whether or not a new mask is recommended.
Yes, please avoid napping or drinking caffeinated beverages the day of the study.
We ask patients to arrive early because it takes time for the technologist to attach all of the monitoring devices and prepare you for the evening. There are also several medical history forms that need to be completed beforehand.
Most patients are able to leave by 7 a.m. An earlier time can be arranged between you and your technologist, as long as we’ve been able to record a sufficient amount of sleep time.
Depending on the preliminary results of your sleep study, you’ll receive instructions for next steps in the morning. Some patients will receive their CPAP equipment prior to a results appointment at the clinic.
No – parking is easily accessible and provided free of charge.
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.
Not sure what your insurance covers? Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.
Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started:
- HealthPartners: 800-883-2177
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota: 800-382-2000
- CIGNA: 800-244-6224 (insurance through work); 866-494-2111 (insurance directly or through the Exchange)
- Medica: 800-952-3455
- Medicare: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
- PreferredOne: 763-847-4477 (in the Twin Cities); 800-997-1750 (outside the metro area)
- United Healthcare: 877-842-3210