According to recent estimates, millions of Americans suffer from one or more type of a sleeping disorder. Some common sleep disorders include difficulty falling asleep (insomnia), excessive daytime drowsiness, sleep apnea, parasomnias, and/or restless leg syndrome. Most individuals are not aware that these disorders can create or aggravate serious medical problems, affect their productivity, and generally depress their outlook and quality of life.
The Sleep Center at Franciscan St. James Health responds to the needs of patients with sleep disorders, their families and their physicians. A specially trained and qualified staff works along with the referring physician to properly diagnose and treat a wide range of sleep disorders.
Should I See a Sleep Specialist?
Do you have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, keeping a regular sleep schedule? Use our DecisionAssist tool to help you decide whether or not to see a sleep specialist.
People with sleep apnea stop breathing for short periods of time while they are asleep. They generally don't wake up fully when this happens, but in the morning they feel exhausted and continue to feel sleepy during the day.
There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common and is caused when your throat muscles relax, blocking your airway. The other type, central sleep apnea, is caused when your brain doesn’t send the right signals to the muscles that control your breathing. Some people have a combination of the two types, called complex sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition and should be treated.
Sleep disorders are recognized as medical problems. Most insurance companies will pay approximately 80 percent of the fees. However, individual insurance carriers vary considerably in their reimbursement policies. We suggest that each patient contact their insurance company prior to testing. The staff will make every effort possible to assist patients with their claims.
Are you getting enough rest?
About 1 out of every 3 adults does not get the amount of sleep they need. If you have a sleep disturbance, it may represent an underlying medical or psychological problem that can be solved. Our online assessment helps you understand what might cause your sleep problems and offer some suggestions of how to get more rest.