Baptist Health is home to three Sleep Disorders Centers, Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center East and at Prattville Baptist Hospital. Each center has the ability to diagnose up to 84 different sleep disorders. The Baptist Medical Center South Sleep Disorders Center opened as a two-bed sleep lab in July 1989. It can now accommodate eight patients per night, six nights a week and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Since opening in January 2004, the Prattville Baptist Sleep Disorders Center now accommodates four patients per night. The Sleep Disorders Center at Baptist Medical Center East opened in 2006 and accommodates four patients per night, six nights a week. There are five board-certified physicians and a clinical psychologist on staff between the three centers.
The staff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders, including sleep apnea (non-breathing episodes during sleep), narcolepsy (a disorder of excessive sleepiness), sleep walking, night terrors, nocturnal myoclonus (periodic limb movements) and insomnia (lack of sleep). A physician referral for a sleep study is required. However, check with the center regarding insurance coverage prior to scheduling your study.
Recent studies have convinced doctors and medical experts that a lack of sleep can have serious consequences on a person's health. One study conducted by the California Department of Health found that people who get less than the recommended amount of sleep have a 70 percent higher mortality rate. Only one in three Americans get the proper amount of sleep. A lack of sleep can affect a person's immune system, slow reflexes and impair judgment. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from serious sleep problems and 95 percent remain undiagnosed but the Baptist Health Sleep Disorders Centers can help!
For more information, contact one of our three centers at the numbers listed below.
Do you have a question about your sleeping or maybe the lack of rest you are getting each night? E-mail our sleep technologist and have your question answered. You may also self-refer to the Baptist Sleep Disorders Centers, just be sure to send your name and a phone number.
Get the answers you need today by e-mailing Sleepcenter@baptistfirst.org.
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