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Trouble falling or staying asleep, loud snoring, or irregular sleep patterns can all be signs of a sleep disorder. ECHN’s Sleep Disorders Center, located at Manchester Memorial Hospital, is certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Specially trained sleep specialists use the latest techniques in sleep studies to evaluate, diagnose and treat sleep disorders and sleep-related conditions including:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
Breathing passages become temporarily blocked during sleep causing breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder:
A syndrome in which the legs, feet or toes will move during sleep, causing repeated sleep disruptions.
Central Sleep Apnea:
A neurological condition in which the brain “forgets” to instruct the body to breathe.
A neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control sleep-wake cycles.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS):
Causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs that can interfere with the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep and is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest. RLS is also known at Willis-Ekborn Disease.
A chronic inability to fall asleep or to remain asleep throughout the night.
Sleep studies are an effective way for specialists to get valuable insight into a person’s sleep patterns and diagnose the cause of a sleep disorder. While some sleep studies can be conducted at home, the majority of patients are asked to stay overnight. ECHN’s Sleep Disorder Center provides private, home-like rooms for each patient that will provide comfort throughout the study.
Are you wondering if you may have a sleep disorder? Complete the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire to help you decide whether or not you should seek help for a sleep problem.