The Sleep Lab at Kent Hospital has been in existence since 1991. The lab is located on Health Lane behind the main building. Enter into the comfortable waiting area where your technologist will be waiting to escort you to your bedroom for the night.
The bedrooms are comfortably appointed with double or queen beds. You will have your own private bathroom/shower and each room has a flat-screen TV for your viewing pleasure. Each room is very private and quiet, opening up onto a corridor similar to a hotel.
Your sleep tech will thoroughly explain the testing procedure (sleep study or polysomnogram) to you and answer any questions or concerns you might have.
The Sleep Lab
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886
P: (401) 736-3727
From Toll Gate Road turn into the main visitors entrance, and take the first right after the Emergency Room parking lot.
The Sleep Lab is located in the tan and green building on the left side of the roadway. Immediately past the building, a sign will direct you to the parking lot, parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Enter the building through the door on the left of the glass enclosure.
During the course of the overnight study, sleep techs will monitor these parameters while you sleep. Once the night is over and all of the sleep parameters have been gathered and stored in the computer, the next step is to score the study. Here a technologist reviews the entire night’s study and determines the sleep stages, the number of apneas, and correlates all the data.
All of the information gathered and correlated from the sleep study is now reviewed and interpreted by one of our reading physicians. They will make a final diagnosis and recommendations if needed. The report will be sent directly to your attending physician.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the primary sleep-disordered breathing seen in the sleep lab. This disorder results in apneas (cessation of breathing) of periods of 10 seconds or more, sometimes up to hundreds of times a night. The muscles inside the throat relax during sleep and the tongue and tissue in the back of the throat collapse and block the airway, preventing air from reaching the lungs.
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness. Symptoms include:
These attacks can occur while eating, walking, or driving. Often experienced by narcoleptics:
Restless leg syndrome is the strong urge to move legs, often with uneasy feelings deep inside the legs as well as burning, prickling, itching, or tingling, and may be painful. These feelings along with the urge to move are made worse by rest, so it is hard to lie or sit. Walking or moving the legs provides temporary relief.
The urge to move the legs grows worse at night and eases in the morning. RLS makes it hard to rest or go to sleep resulting in tiredness and less energy during the day.
A polysomnogram is a study that measures and records different functions during sleep. Some of the measurements taken may include:
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