About The Siesta Group and Sleep centers

February 24, 2010

The Siesta Group offers a highly efficient PSG scoring solution for sleep centers in North America and worldwide. Scoring sleep studies requires considerable time by sleep physicians and technicians and, therefore, can limit sleep center productivity and capacity. The Siesta Group’s unique Somnolyzer 24x7 automated scoring technology makes scoring a sleep study fast, reliable and cost efficient.


The Somnolyzer 24x7 addresses an important market requirement for increased sleep center productivity. This automated scoring technology has the flexibility to be offered as a standalone service or as an integrated service with manufacturers’ sleep diagnostic systems, where the diagnostic software and the device are strongly linked.


The Siesta Group was founded in 2001 and has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria as well as offices in Maryland, U.S. Additional information on the Siesta Group and the Somnolyzer 24x7 can be found on the company’s website:  www.thesiestagroup.com


What is a sleep center?

Sleep centers, also referred to as sleep labs, are typically found in hospitals, universities, or within a physician-owned or independent clinic. The growth of sleep labs has increased due to an amplified awareness of sleep problems and disorders. According to a 2008 Wachovia report, the number of sleep labs in the United States continues to increase, and lab bed capacity was projected to grow by 13 percent in 2009. Home-based portable sleep studies are gaining increased importance and acceptance worldwide as an alternative way to evaluate patients for sleep disorders.


Sleep apnea is one of 84 documented sleep disorders. Common symptoms that patients with sleep apnea experience include excessive snoring and daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea is a disorder most often diagnosed in a sleep center or lab by a physician or certified sleep technician. Sleep apnea occurs when a person experiences cessations of breathing lasting several seconds or even minutes during sleep. If left untreated, risks include high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and diabetes. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea, caused by a collapsed or blocked airway.


What happens in a sleep center? 

Patients stay overnight for a period of about eight hours. A Polysomnogram (PSG) is administered in order to assess patients for sleep apnea. This painless test takes place in a private room that is similar to a hotel room. The PSG involves placing small metal electrodes on the head and body to measure brain activity, eye movement, oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels, breathing rate and the flow of air through the mouth and nose.


Statistics about Sleep Apnea and Sleep Centers:

  • The American Sleep Foundation has found that more than 18 million American adults experience sleep apnea
  • A report from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that about 24 percent of men and nine percent of women have the breathing symptoms of OSA, regardless of daytime sleepiness symptoms
  • Sleepcenters.org shows that sleep labs exist in every state within the United States, most of them surrounding major cities
  • In the rest of the world, we estimate that there are approximately 2,800 sleep labs