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.
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.
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)
- Chronic Insomnia
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
- Shift Work Sleep Disorder
- 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
- Maintain a regular wake time, even on days off work and on weekends.
- Exercise regularly. Confine vigorous exercise to early in the day, at least six hours before bedtime.
- Avoid drinking caffeine six hours before bedtime.
- Establish relaxing pre-sleep rituals such as a warm bath, light bedtime snack, or ten minutes of reading.
- 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.