Sleep apnea and what to do about it

This is one of the bedrooms at ORHC Sleep Lab. The goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible at your overnight.

Itâ??s something weâ??ve all struggled with before, not being able to fall or stay asleep and tossing and turning throughout the night.

But when is enough, enough? That is where a sleep lab comes into play.

The ORHC Sleep Lab had an open house on Friday to show the public what really goes on inside.

Doctor Jefrey Start said a lot of times itâ??s the spouse that suggests a visit to the seep lab when they notice the other spouse quitting breathing during the night or snoring really loud.

When you come into the lab, you will have, essentially, your own bedroom.

â??The technologist will begin applying different electrodes to parts of their scalp and their face and parts of their legs also, a couple of these up on their chest area to monitor their heart activity. They will also attach these strain gauges to their middle section to monitor breathing effort. Weâ??ll also put some censors next to their nose and their mouth to monitor airflow,â?? said Dr. Jefrey Start, ORHC Sleep Lab Medical Director.

By using all that information theyâ??ve recorded, they can usually figure out whatâ??s going on with the patient.