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A hospital-based, fully accredited program offering sleep disorder assessment and treatment.
Sleep disorders are among the most common medical complaints in our society. A sleep disorder can last a few nights, causing minor inconvenience, or become a pervasive illness affecting all aspects of a person’s life.
People who suffer from sleep disorders may experience excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, body aches, impaired judgment, irritability and depression. Sleep deprivation can exacerbate or contribute to hypertension, coronary artery disease and stroke.
The hospital-based Sleep Center offers a comprehensive program in which patients are assessed and treated. Fully accredited and distinguished as a sleep disorders center by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Center at Saint Francis Hospital meets or exceeds all standards for professional quality health care as designated by the Academy.
Board-certified physicians evaluate each patient and make recommendations for follow-up care. Our specialized team of sleep professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality of sleep medicine available. The Center is staffed with highly trained, licensed and credentialed clinicians whose expertise includes Respiratory Therapy, Electroencephalography and Polysomnography. The staff embraces a multidisciplinary approach, working with practitioners who specialize in neurology, otolaryngology, cardiology, pulmonology, psychiatry and dentistry.
If you believe you are suffering from a sleep disorder, the Sleep Center at Saint Francis Hospital can help you once again enjoy the benefits of regular, restorative sleep.
Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep; waking earlier than desired. Insomnia can be caused by medical or behavioral factors such as stress, tension, shift-work or poor sleep habits.
Sleep Apnea: Brief pauses of breathing during sleep. Often associated with loud snoring, snorting and gasping for breath, sleep apnea can result in daytime sleepiness, depression, and cardiovascular problems.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Struggling to stay awake during the day. Reduced productivity at school or work; memory or concentration difficulties.
Narcolepsy: Sleep attacks; sudden muscular weakness in response to strong emotion; brief paralysis upon falling asleep or waking up.
Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder: Uncomfortable sensations in the legs near sleep time sometimes described as a creepy-crawly feeling. Legs and arms may move or jerk involuntarily during sleep.
Nocturnal Seizures: May occur just after a person has fallen asleep, just before waking, during daytime sleep, or while in a state of drowsiness. People who experience nocturnal seizures may find it difficult to wake up or stay awake.
A sleep study is a noninvasive test which is performed while you sleep overnight in a private, quiet, comfortable setting. While you sleep, your sleep pattern, breathing pattern, oxygen level, heart activity, brain activity, and muscle activity are monitored and the data is collected. Your study is then analyzed and sleep staff physicians interpret the computed data.
Appointments and Evaluations
Discuss your concerns with your doctor who can refer you for a consultation or diagnostic study. You may also call the Center directly for further information.
Insurance and Cost
Most managed care plans and insurance companies cover the cost of evaluating, testing, and treating sleep disorders. Individual payment plans can also be arranged.
The Sleep Center at Saint Francis Hospital is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.