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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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Public invited to celebrate the retirement of Richard G. Sparks

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System invites you to celebrate the retirement of CEO Richard G. Sparks after 39 years of service.  

Successful moving day for residents of the new Foley Center

On a cold Wednesday, January 4th, Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center (BRR DECC) patients moved into their new home in the Foley Center at Chestnut Rid [ ... ]

Masks help prevent the spread of flu

  It’s flu season, and we want to do everything we can to keep our patients safe from infection. While we encourage all ARHS employees to receive the influenza vac [ ... ]

Heart Shape 2017: Heart Health and Stroke Prevention Event

Saturday, February 4, 2017
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Paul H Broyhill Wellness Center
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A vascular screening could save your life

Friday, February 3
Saturday, February 4, 2017
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Paul H Broyhill Wellness Center

Public invited to celebrate the retirement of Richard G. Sparks

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System invites you to celebrate the retirement of CEO Richard G. Sparks after 39 years of service.  

Longest-serving employee at Cannon Memorial Hospital retires after 51 years

Can you remember your first teenage job interview? For most of us, we can recall the “permission to borrow the family car” discussion with dad followed by unsolici [ ... ]

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.

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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.