West Lakes Sleep Center
A partnership between UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and The Iowa Clinic, the West Lakes Sleep Center was the first in Central Iowa to be designed and built as a state-of-the-art sleep center from the ground up. To best accommodate our patients, the Sleep Center features eight private rooms to help patients feel at home and comfortable during their sleep study.
A partnership between UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and The Iowa Clinic, the West Lakes Sleep Center
was the first in Central Iowa to be designed and built as a state-of-the-art sleep center from the ground up. To best accommodate our patients, the Sleep Center features eight private rooms to help patients feel at home and comfortable during their sleep study.
To contact the West Lakes Sleep Center, please call 515-875-9555.
Why a Sleep study?
More than 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. If left untreated, certain sleep problems have proved to increase the risk for heart disease, depression, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, memory loss and car accidents. Employees of the transportation department, airline industry and shift workers (factory) can be at a greater risk due to the abnormal sleep patterns required for the employee to staff these positions. Sleep disorders can take many forms, if you are having problems sleeping, it is important to seek help for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Home Sleep Studies in Ankeny
The West Lakes Sleep Center is now serving the Ankeny Community by offering home sleep studies to those who qualify. A home sleep study is a good option for patients for many reasons: it’s less expensive and typically covered by most insurance companies, and nearly 85% of the time patients qualify for auto-pap.
While this is a convenient at-home solution for some, not every patient is eligible for a home sleep study. Patients with the following conditions are NOT candidates for a home sleep study:
- Congestive heart failure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Obesity >60 BMI
- Moderate to severe pulmonary disease
- Pediatrics <18
- Central sleep apnea
- Periodic limb movement disorder
- Circadian rhythm disorders
- General screening of asymptomatic populations
Common Sleep Disorders
Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening disorder. It occurs when the flow of air during breathing decreases or is completely blocked during sleep. It may be accompanied by a lack of oxygen and a disruption of deep sleep. People who have sleep apnea usually snore heavily, gasp for air and toss and turn throughout the night. Typically, a family member brings the disruptive sleep pattern to the attention of the patient, after all you don’t know what you do when you are asleep.
Although the exact reason is not known, narcolepsy appears to be a disorder of the part of the brain that controls sleep. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder defined by constant sleepiness and a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. If you find yourself nodding off/falling asleep sitting in a chair in the middle of the day, while driving a motor vehicle or during a conversation you, should seek help from a sleep specialist.
People who suffer from restless leg syndrome experience very unpleasant sensations that occur in the legs when they are sitting or lying still, especially at bedtime. The uncomfortable feeling of restless leg syndrome occurs most often in the calves and affects a person’s ability to sleep at night and causes excessive daytime sleepiness.
Patients with complaints of Insomnia will see a sleep physician to assess the patient’s sleep history and complaints. Insomnia may be caused by many outside influences (time change, jet lag, life changing event) or may be a result of sleep disorder. The physician may ask you some of the following questions or ask you to complete a questionnaire with some of the questions listed below.
- Were there any stressful events related to the onset of your sleep difficulty?
- Do you have trouble falling asleep?
- Do you have trouble staying asleep?
- How many nights per month do you have problems falling asleep?
- 0-1 night 2-3 nights 4-5 nights >6 nights
- When you wake up in the night, how long do you stay awake? _______________________
- Do you wake up early in the morning unable to go back to sleep?
- Do you worry about not being able to go to sleep?
- Do you look forward to going to sleep?
- Do you feel apprehension, anxiety or dread when you are getting ready to go to sleep?
- Do you have racing thoughts that prevent you from sleeping?
- Do you look at the clock to check the time when you cannot sleep?
- On a typical night, how many times do you wake up? __________________________
Benefits of West Lakes Sleep Center
We have streamlined the home sleep study process to make it as simple and easy as possible for you from beginning to end. Here’s how it works:
- You will be scheduled for an evaluation at our Ankeny Campus to verify you are an appropriate candidate for the home sleep study.
- Once it is verified that you qualify, you will be given a home sleep testing device to take home with you. The device should be returned to our Ankeny Campus the following day.
- If it is determined that you qualify for auto-pap, you will be set up with your equipment in Ankeny. *If you do not qualify, a polysomnogram may be needed to appropriately diagnose and treat your sleep disorder. Polysomnograms are only offered at our West Des Moines Campus at this time.
Patients of the West Lakes Sleep Center have a CPAP compliance rate of 88%, almost 20% higher than the national average. Compliance is defined as: CPAP being used 4 or more hours per night 70% of the time.
Quiz - Suffering from a Sleep Disorder?
How likely are you to fall asleep or doze in the circumstances listed below?
Epworth Sleepiness Scale
0 = Would never doze 1 = Slight Chance 2 = Moderate Chance 3 = High Chance
- Sitting, inactive in a public place (i.e. sitting in theater)
- Sitting and reading
- Watching television
- As a passanger in a car for an hour without a break
- Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
- Sitting and talking quietly with someone
- Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
- In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
0-9 average score, normal population
10-24 see a sleep specialist
What is the overall quality of your sleep on the scale below?
Bad 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Excellent
What to Expect
During the Polysomnogram (the sleep study) the patient will sleep in a private room that has been designed to simulate a bedroom as closely as possible. Electrodes will be placed on the head, face, chest and legs to measure the patient’s brain waves, heart beat and breathing as they sleep. This is a non-invasive procedure. The electrodes are applied so that the patient can turn and move in their sleep without discomfort.
During the night a registered polysomnographic technologist from Iowa Health – Des Moines will electronically chart the patient’s sleep activity. Patients can be at ease knowing that the supervisor and all of the technologists have more than 10 years of experience.
On-Site Durable Medical Equipment
During the admission and paperwork process the patient will be given a durable medical equipment form. The form will be completed and signed by the patient. If the patient has a durable medical equipment company they prefer to use, we ask the patient to list it. The report and interpretation will be sent to that company. If the patient does not, we facilitate the equipment set up by forwarding the report and interpretation to West Lakes Medical Equipment located within walking distance of the Sleep Center.
Services & Treatments
Why a Sleep Study?
A sleep study can provide information and diagnosis about some of the sleep disorders listed below. There are more than 80 sleep disorders.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- REM-Rapid Eye Movement Disorder (physically acting out your dreams)
- Hypersomnia: excessive daytime sleepiness even though you have 8 hrs. or more of sleep
- Sleep Walking/Eating
- Nocturia: frequent bathroom use during the night
- Bruxism: teeth grinding/jaw clenching
- Circadian Rhythm Disorder: Jet lag
- Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
- Cataplexy: indicator of Narcolepsy
- Night Terrors
- Sleep Paralysis