MERRILL — Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital has launched a new sleep medicine program so that people can receive diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders in Merrill.

Each sleep study requires six to eight hours of evaluation of breathing, oxygen, heartrate and brain activity. Monitoring leeds are placed on the head and face, and, depending on activity, a continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP, mask also could be used for the study. Participants arrive at 8 p.m. and go home or to work after being released at about 7 a.m.

“Sleep suites” provide all the comforts of home with a queen size bed, recliner, television and wireless internet service to ensure a comfortable setting to evaluate such issues as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome or any of the 84 known sleep disorders.

“If you or someone you care about is having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not waking up refreshed, you can talk with your primary care clinician about sleep,” said Kate Blaubach, lead sleep technician at Ascension Good Samaritan. “A simple screening tool can help determine if a sleep study is the best course of action for your situation.”

For more information on Ascension Good Samaritan’s sleep services program, call 715-539-2364.

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