Sleep Disorders Center
A good night’s sleep is important to your well-being. Since most people spend roughly one third of their lives asleep, it’s easy to see how the quality of sleep directly affects the quality of your life. As many as 90 million Americans suffer, many unknowingly, from sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are often not considered the culprit for some of the symptoms from which people suffer as these disorders are easily disguised by other illnesses.
Symptoms of Sleep Disorders:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Heavy, loud snoring during sleep
- Falling asleep while driving
- Difficulty falling asleep at night
- Frequent breathing lapses during sleep
- Waking up several times during sleep
- Restless, twitchy or jumpy legs at night
- Excessive sweating at night
- Depression or anxiety
- Chronic pain
- Morning headaches
- Abnormalities of the facial bone structure
- Excessive weight gain
- Heart failure
- Elevated blood count
- Memory and concentration problems
- Ankle swelling
About Sleep Studies
Sleep studies are performed in a private bedroom. Our bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and are designed to reflect a feeling as close to home as possible.
Patients are continuously monitored during overnight studies by a technologist with special training in sleep diagnostics.
The medical director, a board certified sleep specialist, will interpret the study. Once the findings are complete, the final report will be reviewed with the patient.
Based on sleep study results, a range of treatment options can be recommended to alleviate these disorders and symptoms. Recommendations are based on the type and severity of the specific sleep disorder.
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover the cost of sleep studies. Since insurance benefits and coverage vary, it is best to contact your provider for coverage and pre-certification requirements.
Sleep studies are by physician referral or self-referral. If you would like to schedule a sleep study or need more information regarding sleep disorders, our staff will be glad to assist you. Please call the Sleep Disorders Center at 229.228.2729.
Home Sleep Testing
Home sleep testing, or HST, occurs when you sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about breathing during sleep. HST is used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea.
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a simple test designed to alert you to any problems resulting from poor quality sleep. If your score is 9 or greater, a sleep study may be needed to properly diagnose your problem.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not experienced some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation then total your points to find out if you’re getting enough sleep.
0 No Chance of Dozing
1 Slight Chance of Dozing
2 Moderate Chance of Dozing
3 High Chance of Dozing
Sitting and reading
Sitting inactive in a public place
Riding in a car as a passenger for more
than an hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
While stopped for a few minutes in traffic
If your total was between 1 and 6, you are getting enough sleep.
If your total was between 7 and 8, your score is average.
If your total was 9 or more, seek the advice of a sleep specialist.
Our center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is the only accredited sleep center in south Georgia.
Why is it important that a sleep center be accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine? Because this distinctive recognition by the AASM means our sleep center gives each patient high-quality care and service. All testing procedures are performed by highly trained and experienced technicians. Studies are interpreted by board-certified sleep specialists. Accreditation means our center meets all standards set by the AASM and that we adhere to evidence-based practice parameters.
Call us at 229-228-2729.