Helping you get a better night's rest.
According to recent estimates, tens of millions of Americans suffer from one type or more types of sleep disorders. Sleep disorder symptoms can be as simple as morning headaches and as complex as night terrors and depression. Most individuals are not aware that these sleep issues can create or aggravate serious medical problems, affect their productivity, and generally depress their outlook and quality of life.
The Sleep Disorders Center at Franciscan St. Margaret Health – Hammond responds to the needs of patients with sleep disorders, their families and their physicians. A physician, board certified in sleep medicine, oversees the Sleep Disorders Center at Franciscan St. Margaret Health, while experienced sleep technicians assist the physician in conducting evaluations and tests. Many times sleep disorders such as adult and childhood insomnia, bedwetting, and narcolepsy require training in special techniques and require additional recommendations. Cases requiring specialized counseling for such issues will receive an appropriate referral.
Common Sleep Disorders
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 - The most common and is caused when your throat muscles relax, blocking your airway.
- Central Sleep Apnea - 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.
Other sleep disorders include:
- Sleep related breathing problems, including snoring
- Narcolepsy - the tendency to fall asleep uncontrollably
- Sleep related myoclonus - spasms, twitches and movements in legs and arms • Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
- Insomnia - difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep
- Parasomnias and other dysfunctions, including sleep walking, night terrors, night seizures, bedwetting
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.
Adjusting to life with sleep issues can present many challenges. That is why Franciscan St. Margaret offers sleep support group meetings at The Sleep Disorders Center. The group offers support from other patients, continuing education, interaction with the staff and personal empowerment. Please call (219) 933-2118 to join our mailing list and learn meeting times/dates.
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