Hamilton General Hospital Sleep Lab

Want a better night's sleep?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that occurs when the upper airway repeatedly collapses causing a cessation of breathing.

Symptoms of OSA include:Snoring man

  • Excessive loud snoring
  • Gasping for breath
  • Frequent awakening
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Morning or daytime headaches
  • Depression
  • Excess weight gain
  • Limited attention
  • Memory loss

The good news is OSA can easily be identified through a simple, painless sleep study. During a sleep study, a polysomnogram uses sensors on your scalp, face, chest, limbs, and finger to record brain activity; eye movement and other muscle activity; breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure; how much air moves in and out of your lungs while you're sleeping, and the amount of oxygen in your blood. No needles or medications are used during a sleep study.

The sleep study is done in a comfortable, private room in Hamilton General Hospital. Generally, the patient reports to the hospital at 8:30 pm and the study begins by 11:00 pm. Patients can wear their own pajamas and bring their own pillow, if they prefer. The study is usually finished by 5:00 am, so most patients are discharged in plenty of time to get home and get ready for work.

Talk to your doctor to see if a sleep study test at Hamilton General Hospital Sleep Lab is right for you. A better night's sleep might be just a phone call away.