ALWAYS TIRED ?
SNORING BADLY ?
TROUBLE SLEEPING ?
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. With locations in Greenacres and Walmer 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 disorders, with a specific focus on snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and insomnia.
If you wake up in the morning not feeling rested, have trouble sleeping, suffer from loud snoring or daytime fatigue / sleepiness, please contact us or your health care practitioner to assess your risk, and assist your recovery.
The PE Sleep Lab testing and treatment is covered by the majority of medical aids and hospital plans as heavy snorers and poor sleepers are at increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other serious ailments.
Covid-19: We remain open through the Covid-19 outbreak. We have opened a private consultation location and staggered our sleep consultations to ensure social distancing. Telephonic consultations can also be provided. Our private individual rooms and sanitized locations safeguard your privacy and protection for in-lab sleep testing. Where in-lab sleep testing is not feasible, a home based sleep screening may be performed.
" Thank you for the exceptional friendly service and care "
" Very Satisfied "
" Baie dankie vir uitsonderlike diens "
" Very helpful staff "
" Thank you Doc and all the PE Sleep Lab staff for your warm professionalism and giving me exactly what I needed! "
" Thank you for the excellent service and care "
" The PE Sleep Lab staff are great! Very helpful and informed! "
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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 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. A home based sleep screening may be applicable where in-lab testing is not feasible.
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 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 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.
A home sleep apnea test (HSAT) is a simplified version of in-lab polysomnography that can screen certain patients for obstructive sleep apnea from the comfort of the home. Home sleep apnea tests are not as comprehensive as in-lab polysomnography but can be effective for certain patients and conditions.
Our team will advise you on the appropriate testing, and depending on the sleep study results, will confirm the correct diagnosis and the best treatment options available.
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
Greenacres: Room 305, Netcare Greenacres Hospital, PE
Walmer: Alcock Road, Walmer, PE