Sleep Center

Your health can be dramatically affected by lack of sleep.  Sleep related problems are the third most common complaint heard in physicians’ offices, following colds and headaches. Sleep is a basic human need and is essential for emotional and physical well-being. Physical symptoms from lack of sleep include: irritability, depression, lack of concentration, lost productivity and accidents.

Common Sleep Disorders Include the Following:
 
Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
 
Snoring can be a symptom of a life-threatening disorder where a person actually stops breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) increases sleepiness during the day and may contribute to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or even heart failure. Snoring indicates that the airway is not fully open.  Sleep specialists are now able to diagnose and treat breathing problems that interrupt sleep.
Chronic Insomnia:
 
Insomnia is not a disease, but a symptom of other medical or behavioral problems resulting in the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or achieve restful sleep. It can be caused by stress, worry, excitement, anxiety or even depression. Most cases of insomnia are treatable. Many people are not aware that there is medical help for this condition.
 
Restless Leg Syndrome:
 
Persons with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) explain that they have "creepy, crawly" feelings in their legs while they are lying still or even sitting, particularly at bedtime. The constant need to move their legs or stretch to try to get rid of these painful or discomforting feelings keeps them from falling asleep. Consequently, they are tired during the day and unable to function normally.  RLS is treated in our sleep center, ask your doctor about your options.
 
Narcolepsy:
 
Persons with narcolepsy fight overwhelming drowsiness while awake and often fall asleep at inappropriate moments during the day. This is a chronic sleep disorder with no known cause. Other symptoms can include sleep paralysis, cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle function,) or even hallucinations of vivid dreamlike experiences while dozing off.  Lifestyle changes or medications are the standard treatments. 
 
If you experience excessive sleepiness and/or difficulty in initiating and sustaining uninterupted sleep, an evaluation for a sleep study may be ordered by your family physician or a sleep specialist.
 
Common Questions:

What is a sleep study? 
During your visit to the Sleep Center, a team of trained technologists and physician will monitor and analyze your sleep study. The sleep study, or polysomnogram, records various types of measurements that identify different sleep stages and various sleep problems. This painless procedure uses devices that are designed to be as comfortable as possible. A physician who is a board certified sleep specialist will evaluate your study after it has been analyzed and consult with you and your primary care physician about further treatment. The Sleep Center is a specialty service of Ohio County Hospital. 
 
Will my insurance pay for a Sleep Study? 
Medical procedures performed at the Sleep Center are covered by most insurance plans. The hospital will prepare and submit your insurance claim as a courtesy to you. Because some insurance providers require prior authorization, our staff will assist patients in contacting their representative for specific policy coverage.
 
How do I get a referral into the Sleep Center? 
To schedule a sleep study, please contact your physician or call Ohio County Hospital Sleep Center at (270) 298-5178.
 
Where is the Sleep Center located?  
The Sleep Center is located in Ohio County Hospital. Please register with the clerk at the Emergency Room Admitting Desk. Parking is available in front of the building by the Emergency Room entrance.
 
 For more information regarding the Sleep Center, please contact Jackie Tarrance, LPN, at (270) 298-5178.