Sleep Studies


ALBIA, IA, Monroe County Hospital & Clinics proudly announces its approval of accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of Home Sleep Testing, Sleep Lab/Center services.

Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

Sleeping is supposed to be a relaxing way to end your day, but for many Americans, it seems more like a chore that leaves them tired and groggy the next day. Sleep apnea, sleep-related seizure disorders and sleep-related movement disorders can be more harmful than just feeling tired throughout the day. One might ask, what is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. Over the course of years, lack of sleep can affect your long-term health and is linked to serious health risks like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. If this sounds familiar, you may have a sleeping disorder, and a sleep study may be important for you.

A sleep study records data about your body while you’re asleep. By monitoring your breathing, oxygen level and heart rate and taking other measurements through a series of sensors hooked up to various parts of your body, a specialist can determine if you have a sleeping disorder. At least twelve electrodes (flat metal discs) sensors will be attached to your head and body. All wires are long enough to allow you to move around in bed as you normally would. You will also wear an elastic belt around your chest to measure breathing and fingertip or earlobe clip to monitor heart rate and oxygen levels.

Gale Herrera, Chief Nursing Officer shares, “I experienced a sleep study when I didn’t think I needed one. It was a life-changing event for me. My results showed I stopped breathing 86 times per hour during my sleep. Therefore, I was not getting any deep sleep at all. I was fitted with a CPAP machine and mask to help. After my first night’s sleep with the help of these instruments, I slept 14 hours without waking. It was a miracle and I finally felt well rested.”

At your sleep study, you don’t need to do a thing except sleep; the lab technicians record the data. Oftentimes, a physician will provide a sleeping aide to help you sleep. By monitoring the real-time data coming in from your wires and sensors and from in-room video, they can see how your body behaves through all of the stages of sleep.

Generally, sleep studies are one-night stays. The sleep rooms at Monroe County Hospital and Clinics have been designed to be as relaxing as possible. They are decorated with plush, queen-sized beds and are located away from patient rooms, keeping sound to a minimum. “It’s very noninvasive. Some people even choose to go to work the next morning,” said David Oldham, Coordinator Respiratory Therapy/Pulmonary.

Costs covering sleep studies are often covered by most insurance companies. However, the patient must have the symptoms and meet medical necessity for a test. Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and most other insurance companies cover sleep studies.

If you’d like to put an end to your restless nights and daytime drowsiness and reduce your risk of potentially serious health problems, consult your doctor to see if a sleep study is right for you.

For more information, please call David Oldham, Respiratory Therapy Coordinator/Pulmonary Rehab at 641-932-1684 or send your questions to

ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS.