Sleep Center at Williamson Medical Center
The new, expanded Sleep Center at Williamson Medical Center in Suite 309 of Williamson Tower places emphasis on patient comfort in a home-like setting to help ensure proper diagnosis. Credentialed sleep physicians and registered technologists at The Sleep Center use the latest technology in sleep medicine to diagnose and treat patients for a variety of disorders.
More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders - serious but often overlooked ailments that can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. The average person needs seven and a half hours of good quality sleep a night, although some may require only five hours and others may need as much as nine.
If you are aware of one or more of these symptoms, you may have a sleep disorder and may need to schedule a consultation.
- Snore loudly?
- Wake up gasping for breath?
- Wake up with a headache?
- Find yourself tired and irritable?
- Have trouble concentrating during the day?
- Fall asleep while driving?
- Kick and jerk while sleeping?
- Have painful or crawling sensations in your legs while sitting quietly or lying in bed?
- Have difficulty staying awake while reading or watching TV?
- Have trouble falling asleep consistently?
- Have high blood pressure?
Patients who undergo a sleep study spend a night in The Sleep Center connected to sensors that monitor air flow, oxygen levels, movement in the chest and other indicators. Along with the sleep study, which can produce answers in six to seven hours, questionnaires and physical exams are used for diagnosis. Daytime nap studies are also available.
Most common sleep disorders:
- Sleep Apnea A concerning sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where a person stops breathing for anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute. A person suffering form the condition may stop breathing hundreds of times during the night. The National Institutes of Health estimates 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which if untreated can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and in extreme cases, heart attacks. Loud snoring, gasping while sleeping and waking often can be signs of the disorder, which may prohibit people from experiencing quality sleep. When a patient suffers from sleep apnea, oxygen levels drop when they stop breathing, causing the heart to work harder. When the patient begins breathing again, the heart slows down.
- Insomnia Insomnia, which is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, is a common sleep disorder. About 30 percent of adults have symptoms of insomnia. Less than 10 percent of adults are likely to have chronic insomnia. It is more common among elderly people and women. Some medical conditions cause insomnia, or it may be a side effect of a medication.
- Narcolepsy Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles. The main symptoms of narcolepsy are excessive daytime sleepiness and loss of muscle tone.
- Restless Leg Syndrome Restless leg syndrome is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move your legs. It often comes with other uneasy feelings deep inside the legs, like burning, prickling, itching or tingling. Temporary relief is found when you walk or move the legs. People with severe RLS may get less than five hours of sleep each night, less total sleep time than with almost any other sleep disorder. People with RLS feel very tired and have less energy during the day. They also are more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.
For more information about The Sleep Center at Williamson Medical Center or to schedule a sleep study, call 615.435.7720.