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Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleep patterns that can affect the amount, timing and quality of sleep you receive. They can also be related to mental health issues. Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Sleep doctors in Asheville, North Carolina

Good sleep jumpstarts your body and mind, and we want to help you get the best jumpstart possible.

Sleep disorders can not only hinder your mood, but also your long-term happiness and overall wellbeing. At Mission Hospital, our dedicated sleep disorder clinic offers solutions to get you sleeping so that you can keep on living.

Sleep disorders we treat

Sleep disorders can arise early in life, just as commonly as later. We are equipped to treat a wide variety of these types of disorders, including:

  • Central sleep apnea
  • Complex sleep apnea
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Restless legs syndrome

Services provided at our sleep center

Sleep isn’t just a daily reset: it's an active state that is important for renewing mental and physical wellness. Extended stretches of poor sleep can cause serious health problems, so we work to help you sleep as soundly as possible.

Features of our dedicated sleep clinic

Sleep is every bit as important as diet and exercise. Without good sleep, any diet and exercise regimen will not reach its full potential. Sleep not only helps your body repair muscle tissue, but also helps your brain organize the daily information it receives. Significant sleep loss can increase your risk of chronic health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, depression and heart disease.

Located a short drive from our main Mission Hospital Campus, the Mission Sleep Center is a comprehensive facility dedicated to the betterment of sleep in adults, as well as children and adolescents. We are certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a fully accredited Sleep Center, and specialize in both in-home and outpatient sleep medicine solutions. At our center, you are treated by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified sleep medicine specialists, pulmonologists, nurse practitioners and registered polysomnographic technologists.

Sleep studies

Once we have had a consultation regarding your condition, our first step in finding the root cause will be a sleep study. Otherwise known as polysomnography, a sleep study is an overnight evaluation where electrodes are attached to your body. Overnight, you are under constant monitoring, as our sleep specialists look for irregularities in a variety of bodily functions that could contribute to the development of a sleep disorder. Sleep studies can be conducted here at the center or at your home.

Functions we typically test during sleep studies include:

  • Brain activity
  • Breathing patterns
  • Eye and muscle movements
  • Heart rate
  • Red blood cell oxygen levels
  • Sleep stages

Sleep studies at home

Home sleep testing is available if you meet certain criteria and show multiple signs of potential obstructive sleep apnea. If you qualify, a selection of small, portable monitors are brought to your home, which will record your pulse, breathing quality, oxygen saturation, nasal flow and level of snoring. If you have any pre-existing conditions, you will need to speak with either one of our specialists or your personal doctor before pursuing home sleep studies as a viable option. In these instances, in-lab testing will likely be encouraged.

Treatments offered by our sleep specialists

Once we have reviewed the findings of your sleep study, we are able to make recommendations to your referring physician. Recommendations could include the adoption of certain machines, medications or surgery, including:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask — This overnight facemask produces continuous airflow through a hose that is connected to the front. This airflow allows you to breathe steadily while asleep.
  • Lifestyle changes — In some cases, sleep disorders can be alleviated by lifestyle changes. These can include weight loss, as well as restricting fat, carbohydrates and alcohol.
  • Medications — Depending on your condition, we may recommend the use of over-the-counter sleep medicine, prescription drugs or hormone therapy.
  • Surgery — In more extreme instances, surgery can be the only viable treatment solution. We use surgery as a last-result measure, but procedures we may recommend include nasal passage surgery and tonsillectomy.
  • Upper airway stimulation — These devices work as alternatives to CPAP machines. When using upper airway stimulation to treat conditions, such as sleep apnea, a tiny implantable device that includes a small generator and several connected leads, regulates your breathing process. The device is turned on by a remote and delivers mild stimulation to your tongue's muscles in order to keep the airway open.

Sleep disorder facts to know

Sleep disorders can appear in many forms and vary in their effects on your daily life.

Signs of sleep disorders

If you answer "yes" to two or more of the below questions, you may need to take advantage of the care opportunities at our sleep center.

  • Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?
  • Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
  • Do you awaken frequently during the night?
  • Do others say you snore loudly?
  • Do others say you stop breathing in your sleep?
  • Do you suddenly awaken, gasping for breath?
  • Do you get morning headaches?
  • Do you feel your body going limp when you are angry or surprised?
  • Do you experience vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening?
  • Do you experience leg pain during the night?
  • Do others say you kick and thrash while asleep?
  • Do you wake up with heartburn, coughing or wheezing?
  • Do you have recurrent episodes of sleepwalking, nightmares or abnormal behavior while sleeping, such as violent actions, head banging or other related behaviors?

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