Sleep Disorders Center

Learn more about a sleep study by watching this video.

More than 100 million Americans fail to get a good night's sleep....

And more importantly they don't recognize that it may be something to be concerned about. Regardless of lifestyle, age or circumstances, sleep disorders are definitely a health concern. There are some 84 disorders of sleeping and waking that harm personal health and quality of life and endanger public safety by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder which causes persons who have it to stop breathing during sleep, often hundreds of times a night. The most common type of sleep problem is obstructive sleep apnea.

What causes sleep apnea?

Muscles relax more during sleep than they do during waking hours, including the muscles that are necessary for breathing. In most people, this normal process doesn't cause problems; however,for still-unknown reasons, some people's throat muscles relax too much. This relaxation compromises breathing and makes sleep a time of increased risk.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms below, you may have sleep apnea.

Loud snoring(sometimes associated with gasping and choking)
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Hypertension (40% of the patients at time of evaluation have high blood pressure)
Daytime fatigue
Recent weight gain
Unusual body movements during sleep, such as wildly kicking arms and legs
Morning headaches
Feeling as if you are in a fog
Personality changes such as depression, irritability and anxiety
Loss of interest in sex

What will our sleep staff need to know about you?

First, a medical history and we may even wish to talk with
the bed partner or other members of your sleeping and waking behavior.

How is a sleep study conducted?

After sharing your medical history and possibly discussions with your bed partner or other household members, you will be asked to spend a single night in one of our comfortable roomy bedroom labs. Electrodes are attached to your scalp and skin to continuously monitor sleep stages, respiration, leg movements and blood oxygen levels. The rooms are designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If you suffer from extreme sleepiness during the day, a daytime test designed to detect the presence of narcolepsy may be conducted.

Will my insurance cover a sleep study?

Most private insurance companies and Medicare cover a sleep study. We will be happy to assist you in contacting your insurance company in advance to determine if the tests will be covered.

How do I find out if I need a sleep study?

To determine if you are a candidate for a sleep apnea study, you may contact the Athens-Limestone Sleep Disorders Center.

Please click on the links below and print the Medical/Sleep History Questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Please bring the completed questionnaires to your scheduled appointment.

Medical/Sleep History Questionnaire
Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Athens-Limestone Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center was named in "Best of 2012 Sleep Facilities" by Sleep Review, The Journal for Sleep Specialists.

Get ready for a good night's sleep!


Telephone: 256-771-REST (7378)
Sleep Center
205 Sanders St
Athens, Al 35611