Sleep-related Breathing Disorders Laboratory

Northwest's Sleep Disorder Laboratory offers services to meet the increasing demand for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep related disorders.

The goal of the program is to diagnose the individuals sleep disorder and educate the person to self manage their sleep disorder and restore restful sleep.

The Laboratory operates under the medical direction of a pulmonologist, who is board certified in sleep medicine. Two spacious patient rooms each offering a private bath, provide a comfortable and quiet environment for patients to have the sleep study performed. Each room offers advanced technological digital polysomnography with continuous audio and video monitoring. The technologist is continually monitoring the patient while asleep and is nearby in case the patient should need help.

Sleep problems that can be diagnosed at the Laboratory include:
  • Sleep Apnea (breathing problem)
  • Insomnia (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep)
  • Narcolepsy (falling asleep suddenly many times a day)
  • Periodic Leg Movement Disorder
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Drowsy Driving
  • Bruxism
Symptoms that may indicate the need for a diagnostic sleep study include:
  • Awakening from sleep short of breath
  • Snoring loudly enough that others complain
  • Falling asleep during the day, while driving, when laughing or crying
  • Having trouble at work or school because of sleepiness
  • Feeling paralyzed when waking or falling asleep
  • Feeling afraid to fall asleep; having nightmares
  • Noticing parts of the body jerking
  • Having morning jaw pain
  • Waking frequently during the night


  • Evaluation and diagnosis of sleep disorder
  • Sleep Lab monitoring and studies
  • Treatment associated with sleep disorder
  • Equipment and training for self management
  • Follow up care by sleep disorders specialists
Program goals and outcomes
Control and alleviate problems associated with sleep disorder
Learn behavioral approaches that lead to a better nights sleep
Increase knowledge about sleep disorders
Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
Improve quality of life and job performance
Improve your overall health

The Sleep Disorders Laboratory is located on the main campus of Northwest Medical Center. To refer a patient or for information about the Sleep Disorders Laboratory call (205) 487-7973.