Sleep Medicine

Getting enough quality sleep is essential to your health. If you snore, don’t feel well-rested in the morning, or have a partner who has noticed your disturbed sleep, the Mille Lacs Health System’s Sleep Study Center can help you. Even if you don’t think it’s a concern, your body does. Disordered sleep can lead to heart problems and an increased risk of death by heart attack.  

We partner with Precision Diagnostic Sleep Services to provide highly skilled sleep technicians and up-to-date testing equipment. A sleep study will be performed to see what is happening while you sleep. We will be monitoring your sleep patterns (stages of sleep), heart rate and rhythm (EKG), oxygen level, breathing, and leg movement. For more information, contact Mille Lacs Health System Sleep Study Center at 320-532-2680.

Good to Know

Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotence, and headaches.

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Sleep Apnea

There are over 80 kinds of sleep disorders. The most common sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. This is a condition where you stop breathing when you sleep. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring and fatigue during the day. There are many other reasons that people need a sleep study. If you answer yes to any of these questions, talk to your healthcare provider about a sleep study. 

  • Do you snore or wake up gasping for air?
  • Has someone noticed you have pauses in breathing while you were sleeping?
  • Do you feel tired during the day?
  • Do you fall asleep easily during the day?
  • Have you fallen asleep driving?

Sleep Studies

After your health care provider orders a sleep study, you will be contacted by the sleep center scheduling and receive a packet of information in the mail.

After your study is complete, a sleep physician will interpret your sleep study. Once the sleep study results are final, a respiratory therapist will contact you and review the results and assist you with treatment options if needed.

Once a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin. The most common treatment is CPAP, which is a machine to help people breathe more easily. Your provider will determine the best treatment path.