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Whether celebrating a birth or treating an illness, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System recognizes that each patient has a unique story to tell. Our
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Cancer Could not Steal Faith from Laura McClure

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Laura’s [ ... ]

Behavioral Health Services set to move and improve this fall

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Outpatient Behavioral Health offices are merging. The Boone office will move into the Linville office, located in the Sloop Medi [ ... ]

The Davant Medical Clinic open in Blowing Rock

The Harriet and Charles Davant, Jr. Medical Clinic opened on October 3, 2016 on the campus of The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’ [ ... ]

Blood Drive: Watauga Medical Center
Oct 26, 2016
10:00AM - 02:30PM
Pink Day 2016
Oct 28, 2016
10:00AM - 03:30PM
Diabetes Health Fair and Talk
Nov 12, 2016
08:00AM - 10:45AM
3rd Annual Lighting of the Tree
Dec 15, 2016
06:00PM - 07:00PM
Blood Drive: Watauga Medical Center
Dec 21, 2016
10:00AM - 02:30PM
A Blowing Rock story: Connected at birth, together through life

Few relationships in life are more meaningful than those established at birth. This was certainly the case for Lorrine Miller, when in September 1951 she was delivered by Dr.  [ ... ]

A behind the scenes look at the hospital after dark

Few patients when entering the hospital consider all of the “behind the scenes” staff working on their behalf.

Piano playing nurse makes life better for patients at Watauga Medical Center

Many thoughts come to mind when contemplating a trip to the hospital. Where should I park? What time is surgery? Will the cafeteria food be good? Fortunately, for patients at  [ ... ]

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Sleep Center - Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

The Sleep Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is the comprehensive sleep health services program in the High Country. 

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is a comprehensive test that monitors brain activity, oxygen levels, heart rhythms, limb and breathing movements during a person’s normal sleep hours. The goal is to evaluate the brain and body activity to determine if any sleep disorders are present. The sleep team, comprised of physicians and technologists trained in sleep disorder medicine, reviews the data that is collect and determines a treatment plan.

For more information, call (828) 266-1179 or contact your primary care physician.

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Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a self-administered questionnaire to measure a person's level of sleepiness during the day. The sleepiness scale has become the world standard method for assessing how much sleep a person is getting.

If you are feeling more sleepy during the day, please complete the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire. We recommend contacting the ARHS Sleep Center if you score a 9 or above on the sleepiness scale.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire (PDF)

Common Sleep Disorders

The number of sleep disorders identified by sleep experts runs into the hundreds. Below is the list of the most common sleep disorders that we can diagnose and treat.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Snoring
  • Chronic Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
  • Shift Work Sleep Disorder
  • Sleepwalking
  • Nocturnal Seizures

Sleep is essential for a health lifestyle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep has been linked to a number of chronic disease and conditions. The CDC recommends most adults need 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night.

Symptoms to watch for are:

  • Chronic daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Chronic or loud snoring
  • Witnessed pauses in breathing while sleeping
  • Restless or non-refreshing sleep
  • Leg jerking before falling asleep or while asleep
  • Chronic difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Difficulty adjusting your sleep cycle to a desired wake-up time

Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

  1. Maintain a regular wake time, even on days off work and on weekends.
  2. Exercise regularly. Confine vigorous exercise to early in the day, at least six hours before bedtime.
  3. Avoid drinking caffeine six hours before bedtime.
  4. Establish relaxing pre-sleep rituals such as a warm bath, light bedtime snack, or ten minutes of reading.
  5. Don't use alcohol to help you fall asleep. While alcohol may help you fall asleep more quickly, it severely affects the quality of sleep later in the night and may even keep you from sleeping through the night.