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A patient receiving a sleep test

Sleep Center

Sleep better tonight for a brighter tomorrow! American Academy of Sleep Medicine at TLRMC

Sleep is not merely "time out" from daily life. Sleep is essential for healthy mental and physical restoration. More than 100 million Americans of all ages regularly fail to get a good night's sleep. More than 84 disorders of sleeping and waking result in a diminished quality of life and personal health. Some sleep disorders can even be life-threatening, putting you at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, fibromyalgia, hypertension and sexual dysfunction.

The Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Sleep Center is directed by Michael Zachek, MD, and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center's facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training.

What is a Sleep Study?

A Sleep Study, also called a polysomnogram, is a recording of several measurements used to identify sleep stages and various sleep disorders. After your physician has referred you for a sleep study, you will come to our luxurious Sleep Center. Your suite for the night is similar to a fine hotel and features a comfortable bed, a beautiful bathroom including a full-size shower, a television and relaxing lighting. The suites were created to make your night as comfortable as possible.

Once you arrive for your study, a technologist will place tiny sensors to your skin in various locations on your body. The technologist will take the time to explain what each sensor and electrode measures. The study is painless and you are free to move about your room as you like.

For some patients, a Home Sleep Test (HST) is an option. For a HST the patient comes to the Sleep Center, receives test equipment and instructions for how to use it that night at home. The patient brings the equipment back to the ER registration the next day.

Will my insurance cover a Sleep Study?

Medical procedures performed at the TLRMC Sleep Center are covered by most insurance plans. TLRMC will prepare and submit your insurance claim as a courtesy to you. Because some insurance providers require prior authorization, our staff assists patients in contacting their representatives for specific policy coverage.

How do I schedule my test?

Ask your doctor how the professionals at the TLRMC Sleep Center can help you get the restful sleep you deserve. For more information on the TLRMC Sleep Center and its services, or to schedule a sleep study, call (270) 259-1623.

Where do I go when arriving for my test?

You may park in the parking lot next to the ER and in front of the Kelley Medical Center on the eastern side of the TLRMC campus. Come inside to the ER Registration area and the staff will guide you to the Sleep Center.

What happens after the Sleep Study?

Once you have completed your sleep study, a team of specially trained technologists will prepare the results to be analyzed by one of our board certified sleep medicine physicians. They will consult with you and your physician regarding the best treatment for your situation.