Sleep disorders can affect men, women and children of any age. When you can't sleep and rest well, it affects your quality of life and your health.
MaineGeneral's Sleep Medicine offers a full range of services to help you diagnose and treat your sleep disorder.
Sleep Disorders Clinic
You have access to comprehensive sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment in our Augusta and Waterville locations.
The MaineGeneral Sleep Disorders Clinic offers complete evaluations and treatments to help you get a better sleep.
Let our board-certified sleep medicine doctors, registered technologists and respiratory therapists work closely with you.
To help find what your sleep problems may be and how we can best help you, you may have a sleep study in the comfort of a private, well-furnished room using the latest digital equipment.
This testing helps evaluate sleep apnea and many other common and uncommon sleep disorders.
Our goal is to make your sleep study a positive experience. We offer you quality care and education in a comfortable environment that feels like home. MaineGeneral's Sleep Lab is located on the 4th Floor of the Thayer Center for Health, 149 North Street, Waterville.
Should You Get a Sleep Study?
You should talk with your primary care provider (PCP) about a sleep study if you:
- Are not getting quality sleep;
- Have difficulty getting out of bed to start your day;
- Do not have the energy to do normal daily activities;
- Find it hard to concentrate or have memory loss.
Sometimes family members notice that you snore, appear to stop breathing while you sleep or are very restless during the night. If you hear this from a loved one, please tell your care provider.
Children with sleep disorders may have difficulty learning, a short attention span or be irritable, moody or have excitable behaviors.
Sleep disorders are addressed through a referral from your PCP.
What to Expect at Your Sleep Study
- When you come in for a sleep study, you will be taken to a private room to spend the night.
- A sleep technician will explain the setup, answer any questions you have and apply sensors to record brain wave and muscle activity, eye movements, heart beat, breathing and oxygen levels.
- Once the setup is complete, you may go to sleep immediately or may relax by watching television or reading for a while.
- During the night, you will be able to move, turn in bed and get up to go to the bathroom. In the morning, the wires will be removed and you will be free to go.
- After your test, a physician specializing in sleep medicine will review your study. The interpretation and any recommendations will be sent to your PCP.
Instructions for Your Sleep Study
- Please let us know ahead of time if you have any special needs (i.e. use a wheelchair, prefer the same gender technician, need oxygen at night, need assistance with transfers).
- Please bring your medications with you. Our staff cannot administer or obtain medications for you.
- Bring your completed paperwork the night of your study.
- Do not bring any valuables with you.
- Your hair should be clean and dry.
- Do not use any oils or conditioners before your study.
- Bring pajamas or shorts and a T-shirt to sleep in.
- Parents of patients under the age of 15 years will receive separate, specialized instructions.