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Washington Sleep Center

our sleep center

The Washington Sleep Center is comfortable and furnished like a luxury hotel room with queen size beds, leather recliners, and flat screen TVs. Each room is equipped with individual climate controls, intercom systems, and private bathrooms with showers.

If you are already scheduled for an in-lab sleep study at the Washington Sleep Center, you will need to fill out a registration packet and bring it in with you on the night of your scheduled study. It can be found here: 

referring providers

Referring physicians can order a sleep test only or a consultation before and/or after sleep testing with one of our board-certified sleep specialists. Please send a completed referral form found below with patient's insurance information.

Some insurances, however, will require a consultation with a sleep specialist; if this is the case, we will schedule a consultation prior to any sleep testing.

where we are located

75 Barclay Circle Suite 220
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Phone: 586-207-1247

Fax: 586-207-1264

We are located between Auburn and Hamlin on Rochester Road on the east side. There is a stop light to allow you to turn east onto Barclay Circle and we are located in the first building to the left as the median ends next door to Chase Bank.

Sleep Apnea

what is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a widespread condition that occurs in men, women, and children. Most people do not realize that they suffer from sleep apnea and attribute sleeping problems to issues such as stress, anxiety, or insomnia.

People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) stop breathing during the night. This is caused when the airway in the throat collapses and creates an obstruction to airflow. This happens repeatedly during the night interrupting sleep, decreasing blood oxygen levels, and putting undue stress on the heart.

Disrupted sleep affects your quality of life, work, and relationships, and puts you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It is associated with an increased risk of hypertension, heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions.

common signs of undiagnosed osa

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness, unrefreshing sleep or daytime fatigue
  • Gasping or choking while sleeping
  • Witnessed apneas while sleeping
  • History of hypertension; new onset or refractory hypertension
  • History of refractory depression
  • Frequent nighttime urination

epworth sleepiness scale

Do you feel tired while driving, frequently doze while watching TV, or nod off during long meetings? The Epworth Sleepiness Scale asks you to relate your likeliness of falling asleep in normal every day situations to help quantify your tiredness. To evaluate yourself, complete the epworth sleepiness scale.

Home Sleep Testing

Home Sleep Testing

In order to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, a patient must undergo a polysomnography (sleep study). This is typically done in a sleep lab, requiring the patient to spend the night in a sleep clinic, However, today this test can be performed at home and is called a home sleep study or a home sleep test.

what is a home sleep test?

A home sleep test (HST) is designed to be convenient for the patient. It is a self-administered test that allows the patient to have a diagnostic study for sleep apnea in the comfort of his or her own home. It is especially advantageous to the home-bound, elderly, or those with chronic illness, who require specialized care, expensive transportation costs, etc. It is also beneficial for those with trouble arranging time out of their schedules to spend the night for an in-lab study.

Some insurance companies require that, if possible, any sleep testing is to be done with a home sleep test rather than an in-lab polysomnography (PSG). A home sleep study is a modified sleep study that is performed in your home with a portable monitor. 

what is the difference between a home sleep test and an in-lab sleep study (polysomnography)?

A home sleep test is performed in your home versus at a sleep lab. Our portable monitoring devices measure oxygen level, heart rate, air flow, and breathing effort.

A sleep test that is performed in a sleep lab (a polysomnogram or PSG) will measure the above, but will additionally measure brain waves, sleep time, EKG and leg movements. In addition, there will be a licensed sleep technologist who will observe your sleep and make necessary adjustments in the monitoring set-up.

 Because of this difference, an HST is used only to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It can detect other sleep-related disorders, but an in-lab study may be needed for diagnostic purposes. 

Is a home sleep test better than a sleep test performed at the sleep lab?

In patients with a high likelihood of moderate to severe sleep apnea, home sleep testing is comparable to tests performed in the sleep lab. HSTs tend to underestimate the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) compared to an in-laboratory sleep test, but it does detect the presence of OSA. 

As mentioned above, for some sleep problems the in lab study is preferred or is essential​. And while an HST is more convenient, your at home test may need to be followed by an in-lab study.

What happens after the at Home Test?

A large amount of information is collected during your sleep study. A sleep specialist will analyze this information and a formal report with recommendations will be created.