Sleep Disorders

Return to healthy, restorative sleep with help from the experts at our Sleep Disorders Centers

A sleep disorder is a condition that affects how you sleep. Sleep disorders can deprive your body and mind of rest, affect your overall health and negatively impact your quality of life.

We specialize in the evaluation and diagnosis of all types of sleep disorders by offering testing in our sleep centers or from the comfort of your home. We are here to help you find relief and return you to a good night’s sleep.

Watch: What to Expect at IU Health Sleep Disorders Centers

Our Approach to Sleep Disorders

Conditions Treated

With locations across Indiana, IU Health Sleep Disorders Centers offer life-improving solutions to help with all types of sleep disorders, from the most common to most rare, including:

Sleep is essential to restore and rejuvenate your body and mind. People who struggle to sleep will quickly see their mental and physical wellbeing start to suffer.

Because we know how much you want and need to sleep better, IU Health offers comprehensive sleep testing and treatments to diagnose your sleep problem and help you return to a healthy, restful sleep. We’ll work with you to decide which treatment will be most beneficial, depending on your needs and the nature of your sleep disorder.

Are you looking for information about childhood sleep disorders? Learn more about Pediatric Sleep Medicine.

Understanding Sleep Disorders

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. There is a wide range of causes for sleep disorders, which can be chemical, neurological or physical in nature.

Possible signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times — such as while driving or at work
  • Unusual breathing, gasping or choking while falling asleep or sleeping
  • Persistent, loud snoring
  • Uncomfortable or overwhelming urge to move while trying to fall asleep

If you notice any of these symptoms disrupting your ability to get good rest, you should consult a doctor. Persistent, loud snoring, unusual breathing and choking during sleep can be possible symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. While one of the most common sleep disorders, sleep apnea can be dangerous. If you suspect any of these symptoms, consult a doctor.

The Berlin Questionnaire screening tool determines your risk of sleep apnea. It assesses your risk by asking how you sleep, whether you snore and if you have high blood pressure. Take the American Sleep Apnea Association's Berlin Sleep Questionnaire to learn your risk.

Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

If, based on your symptoms, your doctor believes you may have a sleep disorder, he or she may recommend an overnight or at-home sleep study. This type of study lets a sleep medicine specialist observe and collect information on your sleep patterns. They can take place at IU Health Sleep Disorders Centers or, for certain disorders, at your home.

Overnight Sleep Testing

During an overnight sleep study at one of our statewide locations, a board certified sleep disorder specialist and registered technologist will monitor your sleep patterns throughout the night. This data will aid in making an accurate diagnosis and providing the best treatment options. The overnight rooms at our sleep lab facilities are comfortable — similar to a hotel room — and you can bring your own pajamas and personal items.

IU Health also offers the Sleep Series Program at some locations, where qualified patients can be tested, diagnosed and treated in one visit.

Home Sleep Testing

Based on your symptoms, home-based testing lets our sleep specialists study your sleep patterns from the comfort of your own home. Home-based sleep testing is available if you display symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Treating Sleep Disorders

There are a number of options available for treating sleep disorders. Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend a breathing device, medication, surgery or a combination of treatments.

Devices

CPAP or a breathing device may be necessary if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea. Our Sleep Apnea Education Centers provide a wide variety of devices and masks and work with you to ensure comfort and proper fit of each.

Support Groups and Education

We want to ensure the treatment of your sleep disorder is successful. We offer detailed supplementary education on proper sleep hygiene and habits. We may also refer you to a sleep support group to connect you with others who have been diagnosed with a similar sleep disorder or are undergoing similar sleep treatment.

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