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A behind the scenes look at the hospital after dark
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. Sure, the obvious examples come to mind like doctors [ ... ]

Cannon Memorial Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory based on results of a recent [ ... ]

Cancer Survivors, Caregivers and Nurses model for the 12th Annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Shown
Cancer Survivors, Caregivers and Nurses model for the 12th Annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Shown

The 12th annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Show, sponsored by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS), was held on June 17, 2016 at Grandfather Golf and Country Club. Women  [ ... ]

39th Annual Blowing Rock Fashion Show
Aug 05, 2016
10:30AM - 01:00PM
HeartSaver CPR/AED Class
Aug 16, 2016
06:00PM - 09:30PM
Tupperware Sale: Watauga Medical Center
Aug 17, 2016
07:00AM - 04:00PM
Tupperware Sale: Cannon Memorial Hospital
Aug 18, 2016
07:00AM - 04:00PM

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.

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Success at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is measured by our patients satisfaction with the level of care they received from one of our many facilities. We are committed to providing the best patient experience possible and strive to Make Life Better for residents of the High Country.

Whether celebrating a birth or treating an illness, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System recognizes that each patient has a unique story to tell. Our My Story campaign allows patients an opportunity to tell their story. Hear, first-hand, from our patients about how we've changed their lives.

We encourage you to read our patient's testimonials and learn how we are Making Lives Better for our patients.

If you would like to share your story, please submit a brief description of your story here.


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