Sleep Disorders Center

Helping you rest better

Sleep is essential to your physical and mental well-being. Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, yet millions suffer from sleep disorders that deprive them of necessary rest. Sleep disorders may pose significant medical problems such as strain on the heart and lungs that lead to high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke.

The ETMC Neurological Institute Sleep Disorders Clinic became the first sleep center in East Texas to receive program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2004.

If you are suffering from a sleep disorder ask to be referred to ETMC by your physician or call us to begin the referral process.

In many cases an overnight evaluation is needed to learn what is causing the sleep/wake disturbance. Your brain waves, heart rate, snoring, respiration, leg muscle activity and oxygen saturation levels are monitored.

The recording techniques are noninvasive and all electrodes are applied on the skin surface of the areas recorded. The entire recording procedure is painless.

After the electrodes have been applied, you will spend the night in a comfortable bed in the ETMC Sleep Disorders Center and sleep will be monitored throughout the night.

When the sleep/wake disorder affects your daytime functioning, evaluation of daytime sleepiness is important. You will remain at the center during the day and be given the opportunity to fall asleep at two-hour intervals for a series of four naps. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Once a sleep study is completed, your physician will be able to discuss treatment recommendations so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep.