We are a state-of-the-art sleep center that is dedicated to helping our patients learn more about the health benefits of a good night’s sleep. Our facility diagnoses and treats many sleep problems including OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), narcolepsy, insomnia, and periodic leg movements.
Many of us don’t understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. It can feel that there are so many other things to worry about each day that we forget that our body needs sleep. Our body uses sleep to refuel and regenerate from a long, hard day so that we can awaken and feel rested, ready to face the day. Most people vary in the amount of sleep needed to be productive at our daily tasks; but few understand that the quality of sleep is what is most important. Sleep disorders deprive us of the restful, healing sleep our body craves.
Thank you for considering our amazing sleep center for the care of your sleep disorders.
What is a Sleep Disorder Center?
If you’ve been struggling with sleepiness or sleep disturbances, your physician may recommend that you undergo a sleep study – a polysomnography – at Delta Med Center’s Sleep Lab. An in-center sleep study will allow you a complete evaluation of your sleep. You’ll stay the night with us at our sleep center and our staff will fully evaluate you for the presence of sleep-related disorders.
In order to best understand a sleep study, we feel it’s important to understand the stages of sleep. REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep occurs when you are dreaming and, with the exception of your ocular muscles, your muscles do not move. NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep has four stages that can be detected via EEG waves. REM and NREM sleep cycles about every 90 minutes each night, between 4-5 times a night.
A sleep study measures your sleep cycles and stages of sleep by recording the following information:
- Blood oxygen levels
- Air flow in and out of the lungs
- Brain waves
- Body position
- Respiration effort and rate
- Eye movement
- Heart rate
- Electrical activity of the muscles
Our sleep center offers beautiful hotel-like rooms for you to spend the night so that you’re comfortable and secure while you sleep. Our caring staff will make you feel as though you’re at home while we conduct your sleep study.
The most common sleep disorder is OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), and caused by the obstruction of the upper airway. It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and usually associated with a decrease in oxygen saturation in the blood. Sleep apnea can contribute to elevated blood pressure, mood disorders, stroke, child behavioral problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, and most importantly, heart disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders are problems with sleeping – including troubles falling asleep or stay asleep, sleeping at the wrong time, over-sleeping, or abnormal behaviors performed while asleep. At Delta Med Center’s Sleep Center, we have extensive experience in the treatment and management of all sleep disorders.
The most common symptoms of sleep disorders include:
- Loud snoring
- Restless legs
- Slowed reaction time
- Difficulties concentrated
- Emotional changes
- Acid reflux
- Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
Causes of Sleep Disorders
There are well over 100 different types of sleeping and waking disorders that are grouped into four main categories:
- Problems falling – and staying – asleep – episodes of insomnia may come and go. Some people experience transient insomnia, while others experience chronic insomnia. Addictions to alcohol and narcotics contribute to sleep fragmentation, insomnia, and decreased effort in breathing.
- Problems staying awake – individuals who have extreme daytime sleepiness are suffering from hypersomnia. This may be due to medical conditions, viral infections, narcolepsy, or obesity. Some of the causes of sleep disorders such as OSA are excessive weight gain, nasal obstruction, a loss of muscle tone, and excessive tissue in the back of the throat such as enlarged tonsils and uvula.
- Sleep rhythm pattern – individuals who struggle with irregular sleep-wake syndrome, jet lag syndrome, paradoxical insomnia, or shift work sleep disorder may struggle with decreased health and wellness.
- Sleep-disruptive behaviors – parasomnias, or abnormal behaviors during sleep are fairly common, especially in children. These may include REM sleep-disorder behaviors, sleepwalking, or sleep terrors.
Effects of Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders can impact nearly every facet of your life. The physical effects of sleep disorders are many, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, EDS, stroke, depression, headaches, confusion, irritability, and congestive heart failure. Our personal relationships are affected as well by constant snoring, lack of energy, and overall malaise that interrupts our daily routines.
Why Choose Delta Med Center?
Our licensed, registered, highly-trained and dedicated sleep team works hard to provide individualized care of each of our patients. We want everyone who comes to us to experience a better quality of sleep each night in order to greatly improve their overall health.
Our core values of excellent service, quality, teamwork, and patient advocacy are woven into each and every part of your treatment with us. We firmly believe that understanding and compassion for our patients is key to proper diagnosis and treatment.
Physician and self-referrals accepted. We treat men, women, and children over the age of 6.
Our team will be glad to verify insurance and do all precertification needed.
Treatments Offered at Delta Med Center’s Sleep Center
Many sleep disorders can be treated. Our fully trained staff is highly experienced in treating a wide variety of sleep-related conditions. Most common treatment approaches include:
- We offer treatment for obstructive sleep apnea that includes oral appliances and CPAP.
- Medication therapy for PLMS and Narcolepsy
- Sleep hygiene education
Each individual is different and needs different degrees of treatment, but we at Delta Medical Center’s Sleep Center are here to help your dreams of a good night’s sleep come true.