Sleep Medicine

Helping you get a good night’s sleep

More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Sleep is essential for physical and mental renewal, and long-term sleep difficulties can lead to serious medical problems. Midwest Regional Medical Center’s sleep medicine doctors, sleep technologists and other clinicians are dedicated to helping you get a good night’s sleep. We offer advanced diagnostic and treatment services for a wide range of sleep disorders, including:

  • Chronic Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Pediatric sleep disorders, including night terrors and sleep walking
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sleep apnea

Treatment options to address sleep disorders

Our sleep medicine team offers the latest diagnostic and treatment options available to address your individual needs. We conduct sleep studies to evaluate your sleep patterns and draw from a variety of treatment options to help you achieve restful sleep, such as:

  • Medications
  • Behavior modification therapies
  • Non-invasive medical devices such as oral appliances or CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices to facilitate breathing

Our sleep medicine professionals are well equipped to provide a customized treatment plan that’s right for you.

Take the Snore Score

  • Are you a loud, habitual snorer, disturbing your bed companion?
  • Do you feel tired and groggy upon awakening?
  • Do you experience sleepiness and fatigue during the day?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Has someone awakened you because of choking, gasping for breath, or because of a pause in breathing?

Effects of sleep apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight, but not always
  • Dry mouth upon awakening
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Heartburn
  • Reduced libido
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Restless sleep
  • Progressive weight gain

If you answered, "yes" to any of the above questions or can relate to the symptoms, you should discuss your symptoms with your physician and inquire about scheduling a sleep study at Midwest Regional Medical Center's Sleep Lab.

Your experiences

It's 3 AM and you can't sleep. The reason? Your partner's snoring. This has gone on now for several months and it is not only affecting your work and your daily routine, but the problem is affecting your relationship.

It's 10 AM and you have several reports due that afternoon. You can't focus on your work. You are just exhausted. You thought you had a restful night's sleep because as soon as your head hit the pillow you were out. But did you?

You have had a weight problem for some time now and cannot seem to fix it. You are a nervous wreck throughout the day and eat to either try to boost your energy because you are so tired, or eat out of sheer nervousness. Your health is declining. Your joints ache. You are depressed and can't seem to get well. You take several medications for various things including your heart, blood pressure, and anxiety. What is happening to you?

Do the eye opening experiences mentioned above make you realize you have numerous problems? Or maybe it's just one with a domino effect? More than 100 million Americans fail to get a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep diminishes quality of life and personal health, and can endanger public safety on the roadways.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a breathing disorder that is frequently accompanied by loud snoring. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing frequently during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. Loss of oxygen is never a good thing if left untreated.

Sleep apnea can be caused by frequent, partial or complete collapse of the breathing passageway during sleep. In some people apnea occurs when the tongue muscle and soft tissues near the back of the throat relax and sag. The airway becomes blocked, making breathing difficult and noisy, sometimes stopping it altogether.

From farmers to financial planners to teachers and mothers, sleep disorders can affect all of us. The worse thing you can do, if you know somebody with this problem, is nothing. It is okay to have sleep apnea, but it is not okay if left untreated.

The answer: Sleep Lab

The sleep center's staff elevates the level of excellence by providing a clean, professional and caring atmosphere. A comfortable setting that includes a private room with a queen-size bed, helps to ensure the best possible night's rest while the study is being performed.

Midwest Regional Medical Center's Sleep Lab captures the meaning of a good night's sleep by finding a treatment that best suits a patient's needs. Once a sleep study is completed, a patient can carry on business as usual the next day. A Registered Sleep Technologist will review the lab results and communicate their findings with the patient's physician.

A person spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, or is supposed anyway. Midwest Regional Medical Center's Sleep Lab's goal is to provide the proper diagnosis and therapy necessary for good night's sleep.

Treat or not to treat

Sleep Apnea is sometimes referred to as the slow death due to the risks of heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, loss of productivity and interpersonal relationship problems. Over time these problems only get worse.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of a sleep disorder, please contact your physician to determine if a sleep study is right for you.

Sleep Medicine