Sleep Center

The Park Ridge Sleep Center offers the most advanced technology for the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, with the goal to improve not only a patient's sleep patterns, but his or her total quality of life.

The Importance of Sleep

Adequate, restful sleep is essential to health. Poor sleep is not "normal," and may be allied with serious health problems. Snoring, for instance, has been linked independently to both hypertension and heart disease. In addition to snoring, common sleep problems may include:

  • Apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep)
  • Restless sleep
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Awake, but not feeling rested
  • Inability to concentrate

Proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders can have important benefits. For example, studies have shown that the majority of patients taking three or more blood pressure medicines also suffer sleep apnea. Treating the sleep apnea for just a few weeks can result in a substantial blood pressure reduction with no change in medication.

Sleep-related breathing disorders often are due breathing difficulties. During sleep the soft tissue in and around the throat may collapse and obstruct breathing. Various respiratory assistive devices and surgical procedures may be used to treat or correct such problems.

Undergoing a Sleep Study

Polysomnography (sleep testing) is performed to diagnose a variety of sleep disorders. The study takes place overnight in a sleep center. Park Ridge Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and provides a comfortable setting of hotel-style rooms with a staff of friendly and experienced registered technologists.

Prior to sleep, electrodes are applied to measure brain waves and other functions. The patient is observed via a closed circuit camera, and a technician records the patient's movements during the study.

Registered Polysomnography Technicians score the sleep study, which is interpreted by a physician with board certification in Sleep Disorders. The scored report and interpretation, along with recommended treatment, is forwarded to the patient's physician.

Taking the Next Step

We encourage anyone who thinks that he or she is experiencing a sleep disorder to self-refer. For more information and appointments, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774.5433) or 828.687.9758. Our staff can arrange for a consultation with a Board Certified Sleep Physician who can determine if a sleep study is right for you. Park Ridge Sleep Center is located at 50 Hospital Drive, 1st Floor, in the medical office building behind the hospital.

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