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The Sleep Disorders Center at Jennie Stuart Medical Center is a four-bedroom, state-of-the-art facility that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The Sleep Center is equipped with the most modern computer monitoring systems and is staffed by registered polysomnographers and respiratory therapists. Your sleep study is interpreted by a staff physician with expertise in sleep disorders.
At the Jennie Stuart Sleep Disorders Center, our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the community we serve. We've gone to great lengths to provide the comforts of home in an attractive and inviting setting.
Patients may unwind as they would at home. Each patients' room is private and equipped with a comfortable bed and private bad.
It's More Than Your Snore!
Snoring is not always just a normal, annoying occurence. Snoring may be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea have pauses in breathing during sleep that end with arousals, which may interrupt a good, refreshing sleep. Over 90 types of sleep disorders have been identified. Common sleep disorders include:
The most common sleep related problem, insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. It can be a symptom of other sleep disorders or a condition itself. Depression and pain frequently aggravate this condition.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA affects over 18 million Americans. Loud snoring and blockage of the airway occur with this disorder, resulting in a drop in oxygen levels and arousals in sleep. These episodes can occur hundreds of times during sleep. Left untreated, OSA can increase the risk of weight gain, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and fatigue-related accidents.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
This is a disagreeable feeling in the legs that can only be relieved by moving them. This most often occurs at night and can delay the onset of sleep.
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder of neurological origin, characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness. It can begin at any age and continue thoughout one's life. It frequently becomes noticeable during the teens or early twenties, but it can appear later in life. Hereditary seems to predisposition one to the disorder. Narcolepsy is believed to affect approximately one in 1,000 people of both sexes and all races. It is not degnerative. People with narcolepsy can expect to live a normal life span.
Parasomnias are disorders characterized by undesirable motor, verbal, or experiential phenomenon occurring in association with sleep, specific stages of sleep, or sleep-awake transition phases. Parasomnias may be categorized as (1) primary parasomnias, which are the disorders of sleep states and are further classified according to the sleep state of origin, rapid eye movement (REM), or non-rapid eye movement (NREM), or (2) secondary parasomnias, which are disorders of other organ systems that may manifest during sleep, such as seizures, respiratory dyskinesias, arrhythmias, and gastroseophageal reflux.
An initial evaluation with your physician will help to identify the nature of your sleep problems and determine whether an overnight sleep study is necessary. The JSMC Sleep Center may also study your sleep patterns during the day if you are a shift worker, or if the cause of your daytime sleepiness is unclear. To schedule an appointment, call the Jennie Stuart Sleep Disorders Center at 270-887-6883. Or ask your physician to refer you to Jennie Stuart's Sleep Disorders Center.
Based on the results of the sleep evaluation and/or overnight sleep study, specific treatments will be recommended to you and your physician. Jennie Stuart's Sleep Disorders Center offers a variety of treatment options for sleep problems. While a combination of behavioral counseling and medications may be the best approach for insomnia, other disorders may require the use of medical equipment to aid you while you sleep, while other disorders may require surgery. No matter the cause of your sleep problem, Jennie Stuart's Sleep Disorders Center is dedicated to finding a solution that is right for you.
A diagnostic study performed by Jennie Stuart's Sleep Disorders Center is an accepted medical procedure and is covered by most insurance companies. Contact your insurance company if you have questions about your coverage and your policy's provisions, as well as to check if Jennie Stuart Medical Center is an accepted provider of healthcare services on your plan.
Who May Benefit from a Sleep Study?
Individuals who may benefit from a sleep study are those who have chronic problems falling asleep, staying asleep at night, or staying awake during the day, as well as those who suffer from excessive snoring or breathing disturbances. The Sleep Center is capable of monitoring adults, adolescents, and children.
Where to Find the Sleep Disorders Center
The Jennie Stuart Sleep Disorders Center is located on the Jennie Stuart Medical Center campus, and on the first floor of the Doctor's Pavilion. If you would like a daytime tour of the Sleep Disorders Center, please visit us during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please call us at 270-887-6883 to arrange for your tour.
Epworth Sleepiness Scale
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a tool used to assess sleepiness in normal daily situations. In contrast to just feeling tired, how likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations? Choose the most appropriate score for each situation.
|__Sitting and reading|
|__Sitting inactive in a public place (theatre or meeting)|
|__As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break|
|__Lying down to rest in the afternoon, when circumstances permit|
|__Sitting and talking to someone|
|__In a car, while stopping for a few minutes in traffic|
0 - Never Doze
1 - Slight Chance of Dozing
2 - Moderate Chance of Dozing
3 - High Chance of Dozing
A score greater than 10 indicates significant daytime sleepiness and is a cause for concern. For more information about sleep problems, contact the Jennie Stuart Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center at 270-887-6883, or your family physician.
The Jennie Stuart Sleep Disorders Center is an accredited member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Kentucky Sleep Society.