For millions of Americans, a feeling of being refreshed after a good night's sleep can be the impossible dream. In many cases, heart conditions, high blood pressure and difficulty in completing attention-related tasks can be linked to a sleep disorder.
That's why St. Mary's Medical Center established the area's most comprehensive sleep center to diagnose and treat sleep-related disorders. St. Mary's sleep medicine team will evaluate you, schedule appropriate diagnostic testing and monitor your sleep to identify and assess any sleep disorder you may have. But the best part comes when treatment is prescribed and you have your first peaceful sleep in years.
St. Mary’s Regional Sleep Center:
- Provides the highest quality of care with experienced, highly trained physicians and staff
- Gives patients a clean, comfortable and private environment where patient dignity and safety are upheld
- Has a diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine on staff to review all sleep studies
- Requires that staff members continually update their knowledge of sleep medicine by taking part in professional activities
- Works closely with other specialty units, including pulmonology, neurology, psychiatry, ENT and dental practitioners, at St. Mary’s and surrounding healthcare facilities
The sleep medicine team at St. Mary's is trained to identify all sleep disorders, whatever their origin, including:
- Insomnia: trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking earlier than you would like
- Sleep apnea: breathing stops repeatedly and snoring, snorting or gasping for breath occur during sleep
- Narcolepsy: inability to stay awake, despite having a good night’s sleep
- Restless leg syndrome and periodic limb disorder: legs thrash or move during sleep, muscles ache and a crawling or restless sensation in the legs
- Parasomnias: sleepwalking, night terrors, severe nightmares and/or bed wetting
The Regional Sleep Center at St. Mary's is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for sleep testing both in the lab and at home. The AASM is a professional medical association representing practitioners of sleep medicine and research. The organization is dedicated to the assurance of quality care for patients with sleep disorders, advancement of sleep research and public and professional education.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (304) 526-1880.
How well do you sleep? Take our quiz.
Answer true or false to the questions below to find out how well you sleep. If you answer true to three or more questions in each set, refer to the information below that set of questions. If you think you may have a sleep disorder, consult your physician. If you do not have a physician, St. Mary's Regional Sleep Center can refer you to a sleep specialist.
- I have been told that I snore.
- I have been told that I stop breathing while I sleep.
- I have high blood pressure.
- My friends and family say that I am often grumpy and irritable.
- I wish I had more energy.
- I sweat excessively during the night.
- I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly during the night.
- I wake with a headache.
- I have trouble sleeping when I have a cold.
- I suddenly wake up gasping for breath during the night.
- I am overweight.
- I seem to be losing my sex drive.
- I often feel sleepy and struggle to remain alert.
- I frequently wake with a dry mouth.
If you answered true to three or more questions, you may have sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder that causes you to stop breathing repeatedly, often hundreds of times during your sleep.
- I have difficulty falling asleep.
- Thoughts race through my mind and prevent me from sleeping.
- I anticipate a problem with sleep almost every night.
- I wake up during the night and cannot go back to sleep.
- I worry about things and have trouble relaxing.
- I wake up earlier in the morning than I would like to.
- I lie awake for half an hour or more before I fall asleep.
- I often feel sad and depressed.
If you answered true to three or more of these questions, you show symptoms of insomnia – a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
- I have trouble concentrating at work or school.
- When I am angry or surprised, I feel like my muscles are going limp.
- I have fallen asleep while driving.
- I often feel like I am going around in a daze.
- I have experienced vivid, dream-like scenes upon falling asleep or awakening.
- I feel like I am hallucinating when I fall asleep.
- Naps are refreshing to me.
- I have fallen asleep in social settings, such as the movies or at a party.
- I have trouble at work because of sleepiness.
- I have dreams soon after falling asleep or during naps.
- I have a "sleep attack" during the day no matter how hard I try to stay awake.
- I have had episodes of feeling paralyzed during my sleep.
If you answered true to three or more of these questions, you may have narcolepsy, a lifelong disorder characterized by uncontrollable sleep attacks during the day.
- Other than when exercising, I still experience muscle tension in my legs.
- I have noticed (or others have commented) that parts of my body jerk during sleep.
- I have been told that I kick at night.
- When trying to go to sleep, I experience an aching or crawling sensation in my legs.
- I experience leg pain or cramps during the night.
- Sometimes I can't keep my legs still at night. I just have to move them to feel comfortable.
- I awaken with sore or achy muscles.
- Even though I slept during the night, I feel sleepy during the day.
If you answered true to three or more of these questions, you may have nocturnal myoclonus (uncontrollable leg or arm jerks during sleep) or restless leg syndrome (uncomfortable feelings in the legs at night).