Do you have problems falling asleep or waking up? Are you always tired and rely on caffeinated beverages and short naps just to get through the day? Do you feel run down or depressed?
If you answered yes to any of these question, you may be one of nearly 40 million Americans who have a sleep disorder. As recently as a decade ago, people believed sleep problems were simply a fact of life. Many of us still wake up in the morning sleepy, cranky and unable to focus at work, resorting to highly caffeinated beverages or catnaps just to get through the day. But advances made in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine have changed the way people sleep — and live.
A multidisciplinary team of SLUCare physicians from the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Department of Neurology & Psychiatry have collaborated to create the one-of-a-kind Sleep Disorders Center, a state-of-the-art clinic designed to diagnose and treat sleep problems such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and circadian rhythm disorder, which affects shift workers who frequently change work hours.
The SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), which determined the center not only met but exceeded all standards for professional healthcare. AASM accreditation is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate sleep medicine services. The academy's standards for accreditation ensure that sleep medicine providers display and maintain proficiency in areas such as testing procedures and policies, patient safety and follow-up, and physician and staff training. The SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center was also named one of Sleep Review's "Best of 2012 - Sleep Doctors and Facilities" for redefining best practices and helping others advance in the sleep industry.
The effective treatment of sleep disorders requires skill and knowledge that comes from specialized training in this evolving field of medicine. SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center physicians are fellowship-trained and board-certified in sleep medicine. In addition, the Sleep Disorders Center serves as a training site for other physicians and medical students to learn about this very important specialty.
Led by SLUCare pulmonologist Joseph R. Espiritu, M.D., FAASM, and SLUCare neurologist Raman Malhotra, M.D., the Sleep Disorders Center takes a "boutique" approach to pinpointing sleep apnea and other disorders. Patients enjoy luxurious accommodations, including a Sleep Number Bed, digital cable and self-controlled air conditioning. The hotel experience lends itself to comfortable sleep conditions, which make it possible for the experienced team of specialists to determine the cause of one's sleep troubles.
While patients sleep, doctors monitor a variety of functions including sleep state, eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort, airflow, and blood oxygen levels. This test is used both to diagnose sleep apnea and to determine its severity. The Sleep Disorders Center also has specialized equipment and the expertise for diagnosing seizures or other abnormal behaviors at night.
For more information or to schedule an evaluation or referral, please contact the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center at (314) 97-SLEEP.