Sleep study center opens in Happy Valley
On Friday, Nov. 1, the Oregon Clinic opened a new sleep center in Happy Valley to reduce wait time for patients in the region waiting for sleep studies.
Nearby sleep labs, including the Gateway location, have reached capacity and often have long waits.
"When a patient has a potential sleep disorder, we want to see them get into a lab for testing fairly quickly so that we can continue to work on diagnosis and treatment with the patient," said Dr. Andrea Matsumura of the Oregon Clinic. "This new sleep center not only adds a convenient location for our patients in Clackamas County, but also reduces wait time for all of our sleep patients throughout the region."
The new sleep center features six rooms outfitted like a hotel room. Each room has a private bath, Sleep Number queen bed, flat-screen TV and a variety of lighting options.
Sleep technologists are awake at the lab all night, monitoring patients' breathing, movement, snoring, brain-wave activity, eye movement and more with a variety of electrodes and sensors. The Oregon Clinic's new Happy Valley sleep lab can also monitor 18 home-study patients per week.
Sleep studies are ordered to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movements, REM Behavior Disorder and more. Patients are referred for sleep studies after meeting with their primary care provider or a sleep specialist physician. Anyone concerned about a potential sleep disorder should contact their medical provider to see if a sleep test is applicable.
The Oregon Clinic expects to hire eight to nine new employees for the Happy Valley location.
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