Sleep Disorders Center
At the Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) Sleep Disorders Center, we understand that a sleep problem can have a staggering impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Personal relationships often suffer in individuals with sleep problems, and it is difficult to achieve your best at work or play. Even more importantly, sleep problems may indicate dangerous underlying medical conditions.
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The UVMC Sleep Disorders Center can help if you have any of the following problems:
- Difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep
- Short hours of sleep or poor quality sleep diminish your daytime alertness
- Sleepiness disrupts your activities
- Other members of your household complain about your snoring
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Call us at (937) 440-7168 to set up an appointment with one of our sleep professionals today.
Common Sleep Disorders
There are at least 85 identifiable sleep disorders. However, most of the patients seen at the UVMC Sleep Disorders Center suffer from one of the following:
- Sleep Apnea: Heavy snoring is sometimes the first complaint of the serious disorder, sleep apnea. People with this condition stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. Apneas last 10-90 seconds each and may occur several hundred times a night. Sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure and generally cause excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Insomnia: A fairly common disorder, insomnia is the inability to fall asleep and/or to stay asleep. There are many possible causes for insomnia, including: breathing disorders, chronic depression, irregular sleep patterns such as those caused by shift work, and chronic pain. Another common cause of insomnia is the misuse of sleeping pills.
- Narcolepsy: Daytime sleepiness is the chief symptom of this disorder. People with narcolepsy may fall asleep when it is inappropriate or dangerous to do so. They often feel muscular weakness when they're angry, amused, or surprise. Sometimes narcoleptics have terrifying hallucinations as they fall asleep.
- Nocturnal Myoclonus: This condition is characterized by periodic leg movements, sometimes with aching or "crawling" sensations. People suffering from this disorder may not get proper rest and are often excessively sleepy throughout the day.
Regardless of the root cause of a patient's sleep disorder, the UVMC Sleep Disorders Center is equipped to identify the sleep disorder and to establish a plan of action.
At the UVMC Sleep Disorders Center, compassionate professionals experienced in sleep-related disorders employ state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Often, all that is needed is a discussion with a sleep specialist. Other cases might require an overnight stay in the Center's sleep evaluation laboratory. This diagnostic resource allows careful monitoring of an individual's sleep patterns in a comfortable, private bedroom setting. Throughout a full night, data is charted—information on the patient's muscle tone, body movement, brain activity, heart rate, eye movement, respiration and the sounds of breathing. A report and summary of this data is produced and reviewed by the staff.
Treatment Tailored to the Individual
Nearly all sleep problems can be treated effectively once a diagnosis is established. Recognizing that each patient is special, with a sleep disorder shaped by an individual set of factors, the Center prescribes unique treatment plans for each patient. Some conditions are treated with a simple physical device, others may require medication. Some patients may need to change their daily habits or work schedule. Whatever treatment and follow-up is needed, UVMC's health care professionals—licensed and certified in a full array of multidisciplinary skills—assure the best care for your sleep disorder.
The UMVC Sleep Disorders Center welcomes referrals from all physicians. The staff at the Center assures prompt, ongoing communication with your primary care physician. For additional information on the UVMC Sleep Disorders Center, please call (937) 440-7168.
Contact Sleep Disorders Center
UVMC Sleep Disorders Center
3130 N. County Rd. 25-A
Troy, OH 45373