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Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Sleep Disorder Center

Helping you get a better night's sleep

Sleep isn’t just a break from daily living. It’s actually very important for your body to refresh and renew itself. Doctors today consider a lack of sleep to be a risk factor for serious disease, yet according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, nearly 100 million Americans of all ages regularly don’t get enough sleep.

If you or someone you love sleeps irregularly and/or is suspected of having a sleep disorder, then your doctor may suggest an overnight visit to the Sleep Center to undergo a sleep study.

How do I get started?

You need a doctor’s referral or order to have a sleep study performed. Please contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or Endocrinologist about enrolling in our program. If you do not have a Primary Care Provider, please call our toll-free Physician referral line at 497-DOCS or 1-877-497-DOCS (3627) or search online.

Shahid Ahsan, M.D., is the medical director is a board certified sleep physician who completed his sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Chicago.

All of our staff is specially trained in sleep medicine and in conducting sleep studies.

Sleep Studies at Lafayette Central

During a sleep study the sleep cycles and stages of sleep are monitored. Electrodes are placed to monitor continuous recordings of brain waves, electrical activity of muscles, eye movement, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rhythm.

The test is performed for people who suffer from insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, obstructive sleep apnea, breathing difficulties during sleep, or behavior disturbances during sleep. 

Sleep disorders are problems with sleeping, including trouble falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at the wrong times, too much sleep, or abnormal behaviors during sleep.

There are more than 100 different sleeping and waking disorders. They can be grouped into four main categories:

  • Problems falling and staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Problems staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Problems sticking to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem)
  • Unusual behaviors during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviors)

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Why You Should Take This Assessment

sleep-assessment.pngAbout 1 out of every 3 adults does not get the amount of sleep they need. Unfortunately, few people with sleep difficulties actually talk to their doctors about it.

Ongoing sleeplessness increases the likelihood of automobile accidents and work-related injury (especially if you work in a dangerous occupation).

Take this five minute assessment to see if you have a disturbed sleep pattern. The answers will help you understand what might cause your sleep problems and offer some suggestions of how to get more rest.


Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health — Lafayette Central

Sleep Disorders Center
1501 Hartford St.
Lafayette, IN 47905
PH: (765) 423-6518
FX: (765) 423-6525