Madigan opens expanded sleep lab for troops

Staff writerFebruary 25, 2014 

Lt. Col. Vincent Mysliwiec M.D., Madigan Army Medical Center's chief of sleep medicine shows the results of a recent sleep study at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

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Madigan Army Medical Center today unveiled an expanded sleep treatment facility to help doctors diagnose patients who can’t get enough rest.

The sleep lab now has eight beds in separate, sound-resistant rooms where doctors can observe patients for overnight tests.

At Madigan we perform assessments for the full spectrum of sleep disorders," said Lt. Col. Vincent Mysliwiec, Madigan sleep medicine chief. "All of the laboratory construction and enhancements were carefully planned to create an ideal sleep experience for our patients."\

In addition to working with Madigan patients, Mysliwiec has published studies on sleep disorders among combat veterans seeking care at the Army hospital. He has found that the hyper vigilance troops maintain in war zones can cause sleeping problems when they come home.

The sleep lab also includes a control room where technologists monitor patients’ brain waves, eye movements and heart rates.

"Everything we capture and observe during a sleep study is used as part of a comprehensive sleep medicine evaluation to ensure service members receive an accurate diagnosis for their sleep disturbances," Mysliwiec said in a Madigan news release.

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