At Altus, we understand a sleep disorder not only interrupts your evening but also your daily activities. Our sleep disorder treatment facilities provide professional sleep studies for both children and adults. Using the latest approaches and technologies, we work to understand each patient’s individual sleep problem and help them get a good night’s rest.
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians is led by board-certified sleep specialists who have deep experience in diagnosing and managing the full scope of sleep disorders. Altus is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), an accreditation that ensures our quality of care and network coverage is among the best in the nation.
The Altus Difference
Our team is committed to providing each patient with personalized care and the most accurate results. We rely on the latest technologies available to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.
We aim to make the patient experience as convenient and comfortable as possible. Our AASM-accredited facilities offer accurate and timely testing in a peaceful environment. Accepting most major insurance plans, we offer affordable access to treatment and testing.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) sets professional standards to promote excellence in providing the highest levels of quality health care and research. At Altus Sleep Center, we are proud to be accredited by the AASM as we work to help diagnose and manage our patients’ sleep disorders. Currently, Altus is one of a few AASM- accredited laboratories in the Houston and Beaumont areas.
Our Registered Technicians
Each of our locations have sleep technicians that are registered with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and qualified to monitor patients. All of our technicians have been carefully trained to provide high-quality assistance and diagnostic services. Using the latest technology, our sleep technicians effectively monitor patients regularly throughout the course of each sleep study. At each step of the process, our patients know they are in good hands.
Available at Houston and Beaumont Locations Only
We understand that under certain circumstances, transportation may be an issue for our patients. To make each visit as convenient as possible, we offer complimentary transportation for our patients who are unable to get to the facility. Patients can be picked up and/or dropped off at their desired Altus Health center location. All of our vehicles are well-equipped and safe and our drivers are friendly and efficient.
If you are having surgery, a responsible adult must accompany you to the center, await completion of your procedure, and be present at the time of your discharge. Your guest will also need to be on hand to ask questions and receive care guidelines, in the event you are unable to do so.
Our Transportation Policy
Altus Cancer Center, Imaging Center and Surgery Center patients are eligible for courtesy transportation services with 48-hour notice. Handicapped accessible transportation is available with 72-hour notice.
Our transportation service is a courtesy extended to our patients. This service is not covered by Medicare. No insurance is needed and no extra fees are charged.
To schedule transportation for your visit, please contact the Altus Health center nearest you:
- Baytown: 281.837.7600
- Beaumont: 409.981.5500
- Houston: 713.773.0556
Please indicate the date(s) you need to travel, as well as the locations at which you would like to be picked up and dropped off.
If you experience any of the symptoms associated with sleep disorders, consult your physician to determine if you need the attention of a sleep center. Some of the most common sleep disorders include:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. Usually accompanied by snoring, this disorder causes the sleeper to repeatedly wake up and go back to sleep, reducing sleep time and increasing weariness. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by a disruption in air flow of the nose and mouth and includes periodic episodes in which the sleeper is unable to breathe. It is the leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness and can result in an increased risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, obesity, and in some serious circumstances, death.
- Choking, gasping or snorting during sleep
- Recurrent pauses in breathing during sleep
- Frequently waking up throughout the night
- Day-time sleepiness despite adequate sleep time
- Headaches and fatigue upon awakening
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder, which impairs the process of regulating sleep patterns in the central nervous system and disrupts the ability to stay awake or fall asleep. It is the second-leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness after obstructive sleep apnea. Evidence suggests that the condition is genetic.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Uncontrollable periods of sleep during the day
- Loss of muscle control during the day
- Hallucinations while falling asleep or waking
- Sleep paralysis
- Automatic muscle behavior
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
PLMD is characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements during sleep, ranging from a small amount in the toes to wild flailing of all four limbs. More common in the legs than the arms, these movements accumulate into episodes that last from a few minutes to several hours.
- Various levels of flexing and twitching of the muscles and limbs during sleep (as observed by bed partners)
- Partial or full awakenings that disrupt sleep
- Irritation or uncomfortable sensations upon going to sleep, or after awakening during the night
- Restless sleep
- Hot or cold feet in the morning
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Restless Legs Syndrome causes discomfort in the legs. To relieve this discomfort, those who suffer from RLS are constantly faced with the uncontrollable urge to move their legs throughout the night, and frequently have trouble maintaining sleep.
- Pain or nagging sensations in the legs, sometimes characterized as creeping, crawling, tingling or pulling
- An uncontrollable urge to get up and move around
- Discomfort when lying down or sitting for prolonged periods of time
- Sudden, involuntary leg or arm movements during sleep
- Frequently waking up throughout the night
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay sleep for a reasonable amount of time. This disorder is not defined by the amount of sleep one gets or how quickly one falls asleep, but by the quality of sleep achieved.
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking frequently during the night or early morning
- Not feeling refreshed after sleep
- Feeling exhausted after sleep
- Daytime tiredness and lack of energy
- Inability to concentrate
Altus Sleep Laboratory is able to provide the full scope of sleep studies relating to patients’ specific sleep complaints and circumstances, including:
A nocturnal polysomnogram is an overnight test of sleep cycles and stages through the continuous recording of brain waves, eye movement, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, heart rhythm and the electrical activity of muscles.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
A medical device will be worn that helps with the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a very common sleep disorder that affects millions of men and women in the U.S.
Within a month after a sleep study, patients are evaluated for the efficacy and compliance of their positive pressure device. Our sleep physicians will discuss problems and concerns patients may have and sleep technicians will fine tune the positive pressure device to sustain the highest level of performance.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test
A daytime sleep study used to evaluate patients with excessive sleepiness. It tests how quickly one can fall asleep when given the opportunity.
Mean Wakefulness Test
A test frequently used to evaluate one’s ability to stay awake when given the opportunity to sleep. For example, this type of study has been used to evaluate a pilot’s ability to stay awake during flight.