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Sleep Lab


Are you dreaming of a good night's sleep?
Our staff at Crittenden Community Hospital Sleep Lab Department has over 36 years of experience, with competent and friendly professionalism to help you on your journey to a good night's sleep.

SYMPTOMS OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Loud irregular snoring
Irregular pounding of the heart when awakening
Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
Confusion or brief memory loss upon awakening
High blood pressure
Depression or personality changes
Excessive sweating during sleep
Complaints of insomnia or lack of restless sleep
Obesity
Unexplained morning headache
Impotence

If any of these symptoms are present in your life, please speak with your physician about a sleep study.

As an outpatient, you will be tested in one of our hotel-like rooms designed for your comfort to rest and sleep while a Sleep Technologist monitors your brain waves, heart patterns, breathing patterns, and oxygen levels through the night.
The data from your study will then be sent to Mays and Associates in Nashville. Mousab Almusaddy, MD, D, ABSM; Akshay Mahadevia, MD; and Shanti Thirumalai, MD, D, ABSM; Certified Neurologists, will analyze, diagnose, and recommend treatment for your condition and send your results to your primary care doctor that ordered the study within 7 - 10 days for you to do a follow up appointment.

If you are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you will need a second night sleep study which will consist of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine that will titrate pressure to address your OSA. With the cooperation of your physician, we can get you on the right path towards restful and quality sleep.

Information about 2 Common Sleep Disorders


Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea refers to non-breathing episodes during sleep. Loud, habitual snoring, accompanied by gasping, choking and pauses in breathing can indicate sleep apnea. This is a potentially life-threatening condition that does not allow the victim to receive enough oxygen during sleep. If untreated, this can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke.

What causes it? Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the most common type of Sleep Apnea, can be caused by relaxation of the upper airway muscles during sleep, and subsequent blockage of the airway by the tonsils, uvula or fatty tissue.

How is it treated? Diet and exercise may be ordered with a diagnosis of OSA. The most common "immediate relief" treatment is CPAP. The CPAP apparatus consists of a mask that will cover your nose and/or mouth and attaches to a CPAP machine by tubing which keeps airways open during sleep to relieve your OSA. Alternate treatments include surgery to remove the airway blockage.

Insomnia
Insomnia refers to a persistent difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can result from biological, physical, psychological and environmental factors. It is a symptom, not a cause, of some condition that interferes with sleep. Sleep can be delayed, disrupted, restless, or limited.

There are three types of insomnia:

Transient Insomnia: occasional episodes of restless nights due to environmental changes or
exciting or anxiety producing experiences

Short-term Insomnia: temporary restless nights due to stressful experiences

Chronic Insomnia: extended restlessness lasting months or years

Narcolepsy
What is it? Narcolepsy is a life-long neurological disorder, primarily characterized by sudden uncontrollable sleep attacks and persistent daytime sleepiness.

Services currently offered:
In-House Sleep Studies
Home Sleep Studies
Electroencephlapathy (EEG's)
Day Studies
Pap Titration Studies
Narcolepsy Studies

If you need assistance, please contact the Sleep Lab Department.
Sleep Lab Director: Sharon Slayden, RT-e/CRT
270-965-1177
Email: sslayden@crittenden-health.org

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