ALWAYS TIRED ?
SNORING HEAVILY ?
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
The Port Elizabeth Sleep Lab has been serving the Eastern Cape with sleep and snoring testing and treatment for over 3 decades. Located in the Netcare Greenacres hospital in Port Elizabeth, our team of sleep technologists and assistants is headed by physician pulmonologist, Dr Luke Krige, and assists patients in the diagnosis, testing and treatment of sleep related breathing disorders, with a specific focus on snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
If you wake up in the morning not feeling rested, suffer from daytime fatigue / sleepiness and loud snoring, please contact us or your healthcare professional to assess your risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and assist your recovery.
WHAT WE DO
Assessment: The start of the sleep and snoring recovery process is an initial consultation with our specialist doctor to understand your situation, symptoms and assess your sleep testing requirements. Many patients find this consultation very beneficial in improving sleeping habits and may not require further sleep testing.
Testing: Where sleep testing is required, it is performed in the private rooms of the sleep laboratory at Netcare Greenacres Hospital and is covered by the majority of medical aids and hospital plans. Our office will gain authorization from your medical aid and the sleep testing is performed overnight from 8pm to 6am, so does not require any time away from standard working hours. Out of town patients often arrive in the evening and go back the following morning.
Treatment: Should the sleep testing indicate a snoring or sleep breathing disorder, a sleep treatment night is performed in the private rooms of the sleep laboratory at Netcare Greenacres Hospital where treatment is administered and monitored to ensure effectiveness. Our office will gain authorization from your medical aid and sleep treatment is performed overnight from 8pm to 6am, so does not require any time away from standard working hours. Out of town patients often arrive in the evening and go back the following morning.
Discharge: Following the sleep testing and treatment process, a discharge consultation is held with the doctor to outline the ongoing treatment protocol and any medication or medical equipment required.
Our team of sleep technologists and assistants is headed by Dr Luke Krige, a very experienced physician pulmonologist, who has been practicing as such for the last 40 odd years. Dr Krige is a member of the SA Sleep Association and has an intense interest in sleep medicine having run the PE Sleep Laboratory for the last 30 odd years. He has given many lectures on the effects of sleep and has presented at national and international congresses on complications related to sleep apnea. He has great empathy for people suffering from snoring and sleep breathing disorders with all the physical, mental and psychological problems that these conditions can give rise to. He believes that these patients can be significantly helped.
WHAT IS SLEEP TESTING ?
Polysomnography, also called a sleep study or sleep testing, is a test used to diagnose sleep disorders. An in-lab sleep study provides the most complete evaluation of your sleep and is performed overnight at our sleep laboratory's private sound-proofed rooms with 24 hour nursing assistance. A polysomnographic sleep study records a large variety of information including your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements during the study. Depending on the sleep study results, our team will advise the correct diagnosis and the best treatment options available.
If you or your doctor suspect that you may suffer from a sleep disorder, please make contact with us and we will coordinate with your medical aid for a sleep study to be performed.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA ?
Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep and has links to heart complications in addition to severe fatigue. With OSA, the airway repeatedly becomes constricted limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs. When this happens, you may snore loudly or make choking noises as you try to breathe. Your brain and body become oxygen deprived and may wake you sufficiently to breathe again, although you may not be aware this. This may happen a few times a night or several hundred times a night severely limiting any rest gained from a night's sleep.
Symptoms to look out for include;
Loud Snoring; Daytime fatigue / sleepiness; Gasping or choking during sleep; Pauses in breathing whilst asleep; A dry mouth or throat; Waking up frequently to go to the toilet and Loss of libido / sexual dysfunction
Call us to discuss your situation and schedule an appointment, or send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
041 363 3504
Room 305, Netcare Greenacres Hospital, Port Elizabeth