sleep apnea, sleep study, ellsworth, bar harbor, down east, maine

Down East Community Hospital
11 Hospital Drive, Machias, ME 04654
Phone: 207.255.3356


Sleep Studies at DECH

Provider of sleep apnea, sleep study services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine.

sleep.jpgDown East Community Hospital conducts sleep studies in collaboration with Digitrace 3-4 times a week, seeing 2 patients per night.

Sleep studies are tests that watch what happens to your body during sleep. The studies are done to find out what is causing your sleep problems. Sleep studies are used to diagnose:
  • Sleep apnea: when an adult regularly stops breathing or does not breathe adequately during sleep for least 10 seconds.
  • Narcolepsy: Problems staying awake, such as narcolepsy.
  • Problems with nighttime behaviors, such as sleepwalking, night terrors, or bed-wetting.
  • Insomnia: problems sleeping at night due to stress, depression, hunger, physical discomfort, or other problems.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome which is wild movements of the feet, arms, or legs during sleep.

Sleep studies also diagnose sleep stage issues. The two stages of sleep are non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). Normally, NREM and REM alternate 4 to 5 times during a night's sleep. A change in this cycle may make it hard for a person to sleep soundly.

Down East Community Hospital also performs Polysomnograms which are tests that record several body functions during sleep, including brain activity, eye movement, oxygen, heart rate and rhythm, breathing rate and rhythm, the flow of air through the mouth and nose, snoring, body muscle movements, and chest and belly movement.

Sleep studies are scheduled by a referral from your doctor’s office, by calling (207) 781-9030. One Sleep Technologist monitors the patient during the night of the test. A Board Certified provider in Sleep Medicine interprets the studies and a detailed report is sent to the referring physician.

Down East Community Hospital is a proud provider of sleep apnea and sleep study services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine.