FAQs

General

Q: What is the Clayton Sleep Institute?
Q: How are the different elements of CSI related?
Q: What is the Clayton Sleep Research Foundation?
Q: What are the CSI affiliate sleep centers?
Q: Where is more information about CSI available?

The Sleep Clinics

Q: What is the purpose of the Sleep Clinics?
Q: How does the diagnosis process work?
Q: What is the overnight experience like?
Q: How many patients go to the Sleep Clinics and Affiliate Sleep Centers?

The Insomnia Center

Q: How is the Insomnia Center different from the Sleep Clinic and other treatment facilities?
Q: Why is insomnia such a big focus?
Q: Isn’t insomnia just a short-term effect of stress?

The Research Center

Q: What is the Research Center’s role?
Q: How does the CSI Research Center stand out from other research centers?
Q: What are the areas of focus for the Research Center studies?

The Knowledge Center

Q. What is the Knowledge Center?
Q. How does the Knowledge Center Support the Rest of CSI?

Updates in Sleep Medicine

Q: What is Updates in Sleep Medicine?
Q: What is CSI’s role in Updates in Sleep Medicine?
Q: Who are the faculty for Updates and who attends Updates?
Q: Is Updates accredited for continuing medical education?

General

Q: What is the Clayton Sleep Institute?

A: The Clayton Sleep Institute (CSI) is a leading independent medical and research institution founded, directed and managed by expert medical, science, research and technology professionals dedicated to the highest practice of sleep medicine and the greatest patient benefits of healthy sleep. CSI was founded in 2002.

Q: How are the different elements of CSI related?

A: The Sleep Clinics, Insomnia Center, Research Center and Knowledge Center are all operating entities within CSI. Each specializes in specific aspects and areas of sleep medicine and each has a unique purpose.

Q: What is the Clayton Sleep Research Foundation?

A: The Clayton Sleep Research Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit entity dedicated research and education in sleep medicine and health.

Q: What are the CSI affiliate sleep centers?

A: CSI operates the sleep clinics for five affiliate locations in hospitals or as individual clinics in Missouri and Illinois.

Q: Where is more information about CSI available?

A: Information about CSI and CSI programs is available throughout this website.  Call CSI at 314-645-5855 for additional information. Members of the media may contact Elizabeth Davis at 314-536-8928.

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The Sleep Clinics

Q: What is the purpose of the Sleep Clinics?

A: The Sleep Clinics study individual patient’s sleep to diagnose and treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy.

Q: How does the diagnosis process work?

A: First, patients see a sleep specialist to develop a detailed sleep and medical history. When it is time for the sleep study, patients stay overnight in the Sleep Center’s comfortable and supportive environment where their sleep is monitored and measured closely by highly-trained specialists using state-of-the-art technology. Patients receive an initial review after their study and their full results within a two – three days. CSI medical staff work closely with patients’ physicians and other healthcare providers, providing test result information as appropriate and with permission.

Q: What is the overnight experience like?

A: The Sleep Clinics provide a spa-like environment and encourage patients to prepare for bed as they normally would at home. Prior to bedtime, patients can read or watch television, use computers and PDAs and may snack lightly. Patients should bring their own sleepwear, medications and toiletries. CSI provides caffeine-free beverages.

Q: How many patients go to the Sleep Clinics and Affiliate Sleep Centers?

A: CSI’s branded and affiliated clinics and sleep professionals see more than 600 patients each month for sleep studies, sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment and related health issues.

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The Insomnia Center

Q: How is the Insomnia Center different from the Sleep Clinic and other treatment facilities?

A: Unlike the vast majority of treatment facilities that focus solely on sleep apnea, the CSI Insomnia Center is specifically designed to diagnose and treat insomnia.

Q: Why is insomnia such a big focus?

A: Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from chronic insomnia, which, according to scholarly articles in The Journal of Sleep Medicine, means they have trouble sleeping almost nightly for periods of at least one month in length. Insomnia takes a big toll personally for those who suffer from it, and economically because of the impact sleepy and fatigued individuals have in the workplace. According to the recent American Insomnia Study, the annual loss in worker productivity due to insomnia is $63.2 billion, or $2,280 per worker. Ignoring insomnia intensifies its effects and can cause even more stress, mood, health and physical problems.

Q: Isn’t insomnia just a short-term effect of stress?

A: No, insomnia is a far more complex and serious disorder. Our culture frequently categorizes insomnia as a short-term or simple stress-related condition, which deters patients from seeking the help they need.

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The Research Center

Q: What is the Research Center’s role?

A: The Research Center provides CSI with the tools and opportunities to offer patients the latest advancements in the technology of sleep medicine. This knowledge and experience position CSI as a thought leader and practice leader in sleep medicine. The Research Center designs and directs research in sleep medicine and has been awarded multiple research projects by medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Q: How does the CSI Research Center stand out from other research centers?

A: While the Research Center is independent and streamlines the research process, it has strong academic ties, skilled and experienced professional research staff and a support team of experienced, full-time research coordinators. The Research Center conducts investigator-initiated research as well as medical device and pharmaceutical driven research in an independent center that conforms to regulatory approvals and review standards. Over the course of 30 years of professional activity, CSI scientists and sleep professionals have published or presented hundreds of manuscripts and abstracts.

Q: What are the areas of focus for the Research Center studies?

A: The Research Center is in the forefront of research on insomnia, sleep quality in various medical conditions, CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea and sleep quality and adverse health outcomes.

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The Knowledge Center

Q. What is the Knowledge Center?

A: The Knowledge Center at CSI develops and manages all sleep education programs for patients, healthcare professionals and the public. The Knowledge Center develops patient education programs, professional education programs for physicians, nurses, technologists and respiratory therapists, programs for business audiences and outreach to community groups and the public.

Q. How does the Knowledge Center Support the Rest of CSI?

A: The Knowledge Center develops education materials for patient care in the Sleep Clinics and for CSI affiliates. For the CSI Business and Partners programs, the Knowledge Center helps design individual, executive and workforce programs in Sleep Health and Performance. The Knowledge Center also partners with the Clayton Sleep Research Foundation to sponsor the annual Updates in Sleep Medicine conference.

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Updates in Sleep Medicine

Q: What is Updates in Sleep Medicine?

A: Updates in Sleep Medicine, initiated in 2003 as Midwest Updates in Sleep Medicine, is the premiere independent annual symposium on trends and treatments in sleep medicine, and features nationally- and internationally-recognized physicians and scientists in the forefront of sleep medicine. The conference is accredited for continuing education for a range of professionals in sleep medicine. More information is available at www.sleepupdates.org.

Q: What is CSI’s role in Updates in Sleep Medicine?

A: The CSI Knowledge Center sponsors and operates the annual Updates conference on behalf of and at the direction of the Clayton Sleep Research Foundation, an independent not-for-profit entity.

Q: Who are the faculty for Updates and who attends Updates?

A: Nationally and internationally recognized physicians and scientists in sleep medicine are speakers and faculty for conference participants that include primary care physicians, specialty physicians such as pediatricians, cardiologists and pulmonologists, sleep specialists, psychologists, advanced practice nurses, respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists.

Q: Is Updates accredited for continuing medical education?

A: The conference is planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Each year the topics and objectives are submitted for CME accreditation to appropriate and ACCME-approved institutions. USM also submits for continuing education accreditation for nurses, respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists.

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