Tired all the time? Having trouble concentrating? You may be one of the millions of Americans who suffers from a sleep disorder and doesn’t even know it. At AnMed Health Lung and Sleep Center, board-certified doctors and an expert staff perform sleep studies to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. The Lung and Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. So what are you waiting for? Discover the difference a good night’s sleep can make.
Sleep is a vital part of a healthy life. As you sleep, your brain prepares your body for the next day. Muscles are repaired. Breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and hormone levels are regulated. New information is processed, and memories are formed.
Do I Need a Sleep Study?
If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you may need to be tested for sleep disorder:
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Inability to initiate and maintain sleep
Sudden uncontrollable loss of muscle control
You’ll need a doctor’s referral for a sleep study, so talk to your primary care doctor if you’re having trouble sleeping.
Common Sleep Disorders
There are more than 70 kinds of sleep disorders, most of which can be managed effectively once they are correctly diagnosed. Some sleep disorders are psychological in nature. Others are physical in nature. At the Lung and Sleep Center, we care for patients with both physical and psychological sleep disorders.
The most common sleep disorders are:
Insomnia - the inability to fall asleep at appropriate times. Causes of insomnia include depression, stress, noise, chronic breathing disorders, temporary pain, and the misuse of sleeping pills.
Irregular Sleeping Patterns - occurs when your regular sleep schedule is disrupted by things like shift work or changes in normal routines. Irregular sleeping patterns can often cause insomnia or daytime sleepiness.
Narcolepsy – can cause people to become extremely sleepy during the day. Narcolepsy can also cause a muscular weakness when you are angry, surprised or amused. People with narcolepsy often experience terrifying dreams or hallucinations as they fall asleep.
Nocturnal Myoclonus - periodic leg movements or muscle spasms during sleep. This can cause insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
Sleep Apnea – People with sleep apnea stop breathing while they’re sleeping, sometimes several hundred times a night. As a result, major organs are deprived of oxygen and can be seriously damaged over time. Blood pressure may rise with each event, and the heart may beat irregularly or even stop.
There are three types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing caused by a complete or partial collapse of the airway.
Central Apnea occurs when air flow and chest-wall movement stop because of a lack of central respiratory stimulus from the brain.
Mixed Apnea is a combination of both.
Some symptoms of sleep apnea are right-sided heart failure, sudden cardiac death, stroke, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, high blood pressure, excessive snoring, or poor job or school performance.
What to Expect
For many people, a sleep study is the easiest exam you’ll ever take. The Lung and Sleep Center’s bedrooms are comfortably furnished to make you feel right at home. We even encourage patients to bring their own pillows and blankets in an effort to recreate their normal sleeping environment.
Patients usually arrive around 7:30 p.m. for sleep studies. You’ll be shown to your room, where we’ll explain in detail how the study works. Technologists will try to answer any questions at this time. Afterward, you’ll be asked to fill out paperwork and get ready for bed.
As you sleep, monitors attached to the surface of your skin will transmit signals to our technologists. Technologists monitor our patients from a separate room as the computer collects and records signals.
After your sleep study, a doctor at the Lung and Sleep Center will discuss the results with you. Your referring physician and primary care doctor will also receive a copy of your test results and treatment recommendations.
Tips for a Successful Sleep Study
Do not have caffeine after noon the day of your study.
Do not drink alcohol the day of your study.
Do not take naps the day of your study.
Bring medicine or other items that you may need during your visit.
Wash your hair but do not use conditioner, gels, sprays, oils or lotions on your skin or scalp.
Wear or pack comfortable clothing to sleep in. (No silk-like materials please.) Bring bedroom slippers, a robe and your toiletries.
How to Refer for a Sleep Study
If your patients feel sleepy at odd times of the day, it could be the sign of a serious but treatable condition.
To refer a patient for a sleep study, complete the sleep assessment order form. You can either send this form with your patient or fax it to the Lung and Sleep Center at (864) 512-4904. The order should be signed, dated and contain your practice address, phone number and diagnosis.
If you fax the order to the Lung and Sleep Center, be sure to include the patient’s contact information so we may call to schedule the sleep study. If you give the order to the patient, please send them to the Lung and Sleep Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our staff will be happy to give them a tour and schedule their sleep study.
Sleep studies are not normally scheduled over the phone as the patient must complete an information packet and provide their co-pay at the time of scheduling.
Before we perform the sleep study, our staff will request your office notes so we can complete any insurance pre-certification requirements. After the study, a report will be faxed to your office.
Other forms physicians often find helpful are the Letter of Medical Necessity and the Sleep History Questionnaire.
The AnMed Health Sleep center has three convenient locations:
AnMed Health Oglesby Center
2000 East Greenville Street, Suite 1200
Anderson, SC 29621
(844) 331-5470 phone
(864) 512-4904 fax
Cannon Memorial Hospital
123 WG Acker Drive
Pickens, SC 29671
(844) 331-5470 phone
Elbert Memorial Hospital
4 Memorial Drive
Elberton, GA 30635
(844) 331-5470 phone