Welcome . . .
The Sleep Disorders Program at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to the multidisciplinary, comprehensive care of patients with sleep disorders as well as developing a preeminent research and teaching program.
The program is a unique regional resource for the treatment of sleep disorders particularly, sleep disordered breathing. We are achieving the goal of being a national resource for the treatment of sleep disorders and sleep disordered breathing.
Obstructive Sleep Apea (OSA)
Since Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a syndrome, this means several disorders may produce similar symptoms. Sleep apnea syndrome may include sleep apnea, sleep hypopnea, or abnormal upper airway resistance during sleep.
The main difference of this disorder is the degree of airway blockage or obstruction. Obstructions may be complete or partial. With obstruction, oxygen levels often drop. The repeated events of pharyngeal collapse distinguish obstructive sleep apnea syndrome from other breathing disorders like asthma or tracheal stenosis, where obstruction is continuous.
The breathing obstruction in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome occurs in the throat (pharynx) and other soft tissues of the upper airway.
Diagnosis, Evaluation, Treatment of OSA
For most people, falling asleep and staying asleep are parts of a natural process. Good sleepers are likely to have developed certain lifestyle and dietary habits that promote sound sleep.
These habits or behaviors known as sleep hygiene can have positive effects on sleep before, during, and after time spent in bed. For the most part, sleep hygiene is a matter of common sense, and the techniques suggested in this booklet will help most people sleep better.
Details about ways to manage sleep