Volunteer Community Hospital Sleep Study Center now open

Volunteer Community Hospital Sleep Study Center now open

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 8:02 pm

Lack of sleep is a chronic problem among American adults and that groggy, sluggish feeling is only the beginning of the problems caused by not getting enough zzzz’s. Getting enough sleep is no longer a quality of life issue, but a matter of maintaining good health. Recent research increasingly points to lack of sleep as a common denominator in several chronic health conditions that are on the rise: obesity, heart disease and diabetes. 

Sleep is the body’s way of repairing and recharging, and cutting this time short, short-changes health. While sleeping, important hormones are secreted, blood pressure is lowered, kidney functions change and memory is consolidated, among other processes.

Untreated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, can increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.  

In addition, daytime drowsiness caused by sleep disorders may contribute to work-related injuries or driving accidents, putting you and others at risk for serious injury or death.  

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects the quality of our sleep. A person who has sleep apnea stops breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep – and these episodes can occur as many as 50 times an hour. The two types of sleep apnea include obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and involves the blocking or narrowing or airways in the nose, mouth or throat – generally due to the relaxation of the throat muscles and tongue during sleep. 

Central sleep apnea is caused by a malfunction of the central nervous system, and generally seen in people who have suffered a stroke, heart failure or other forms of heart and lung disease. 

Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, feeling sleepy during the day, tossing and turning during the night, insomnia, and awakening with headaches. Sleep apnea can be diagnosed through a simple test ordered by your doctor and is treatable in many ways, from modifications in your diet to the use of a breathing device at night. 

If you have been experiencing a sleep problem for more than a month, your primary care physician can refer you for a sleep study at Volunteer Community Hospital (VCH) Sleep Study Center.  VCH Sleep Study Center is located at 164 Mt. Pelia Road, directly across from the hospital.  

At VCH Sleep Study Center, they staff a team of friendly compassionate sleep technicians who are trained to balance your comfort with the need of a quality sleep study.  The rooms are designed with your comfort in mind.  You will enjoy a full size bed and stylish décor, making it feel more like home.  Using modern, non-invasive equipment, the specially-trained sleep technicians will monitor your heart rate, respiratory system, muscle activity, oxygen levels, brain activity, sleep movements and body position.  The information gathered from the study allows board certified sleep medicine physician, Dr. Kumar P. Yogesh, to evaluate and diagnose your condition.  

From scheduling your test to completing your paperwork and performing your study, your comfort is our priority.  For more information on getting a good night’s rest, contact VCH Sleep Study Center at (731) 588-3221.


 wcp 3/22/11


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