ETMC Center for Sleep Disorders in Henderson

Renovation gives sleep center a homey feel

“It’s like staying in a family guest room.” That’s how Denice Walker, clinical director of the ETMC Center for Sleep Disorders, described staying at the sleep center in Henderson, conveniently located on the second level of the hospital. “We’ve renovated it to create a quiet and relaxed atmosphere that’s conducive to sleep.” Staffed by a registered polysomnographic technologist and respiratory therapist, the Henderson center for sleep disorders is equipped with the latest technologies to conduct thorough sleep evaluations.

ETMC is pleased to provide the only sleep center services to residents of Rusk County and surrounding areas. Walker explained, “For a lot of our patients, it’s really a challenge to drive long distances for sleep studies. Some patients don’t even drive anymore because of their sleepiness, so it’s important to be able to offer help locally.”

If you have trouble with sleep, rest assured. The experts at the ETMC Henderson sleep center, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, can help create a customized treatment plan for you.

The importance of sleep

The restorative process of sleep is essential to your physical and mental well-being. Yet more than 60 million Americans of all ages suffer from sleep disorders, which can lead to life-threatening accidents and health conditions such as depression, obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. At the ETMC Henderson sleep center, our goal is to improve your health and quality of life by helping you achieve restful sleep.


Did you answer “yes” to at least two questions?

If so, you may have a sleep disorder – and the more you answered “yes,” the more likely it is that you do suffer from sleep issues.

ETMC wants to help you get the rest of your life and urges you call the ETMC Center for Sleep Disorders for an evaluation at 903-531-8079 or 1-866-535-6568 (toll-free). Appointments can be made by a physician or self-referral and are covered by most insurance plans.

What to expect at the ETMC Center for Sleep Disorders in Henderson

Once properly diagnosed, most sleep disorders can be readily treated or managed. Steps in this process can include the following:

  • An initial sleep study to determine underlying disorders and arrive at a diagnosis. During sleep studies, your brain waves, heart rate, snoring, respiration, leg muscle activity and oxygen saturation levels are monitored to assess your quality of sleep.
  • A diagnosis that will allow your physician to prescribe treatment options, which may include certain therapeutic devices to help with positive airway pressure (common with sleep apnea). Surgical procedures are sometimes recommended.
  • Nap or daytime sleep studies to evaluate your sleepiness during waking hours or as a follow-up to test effectiveness of prescribed therapies.

content-sleep-walker-headshot“It’s not just coming up with the diagnosis. It’s seeing the patient through until we’ve treated the disorder and verified that they are seeing progress.”
– Denice Walker, ETMC Center for Sleep Disorders clinical director

Common sleep problems treated at ETMC

More than 80 sleep disorders, divided into four categories, have been identified.

  • Problems falling asleep and staying asleep – Known as insomnia, this is the most common sleep disorder, especially as we age. Brought on by disturbances in the regular wake/sleep cycle, insomnia may be caused by physical factors such as hyperthyroidism or psychological factors including anxiety and depression, respiratory difficulties, limb movements during sleep or complications from medications.
  • Problems staying awake – Sleep apnea and narcolepsy (uncontrollable sleepiness) lead to fragmented sleep patterns that cause intense fatigue, which can lead to accidents and other life-threatening health conditions.
  • Sleep disruptive behaviors – Known as parasomnias, these occur most frequently in adolescents and are generally outgrown with age. Nocturnal seizures, sleepwalking, night terrors and bedwetting are common examples. Bruxism, a grinding of the teeth that can be treated by wearing a dental device, is a prevalent adulthood parasomnia.
  • Problems maintaining a regular sleep schedule – Lifestyles that require irregular sleep/wake patterns, such as alternating shift work, truck driving or frequent cross-country flights (jet lag), fall into this category. People affected by these disorders have chronic difficulty falling asleep at conventional times.

Call for a sleep evaluation today – and get the rest of your life

The ETMC sleep facility at Henderson is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is located on the second floor of the hospital.

When you call the ETMC Center for Sleep Disorders at 903-531-8079 or 1-866-535-6568 (toll-free), a technician is available to answer questions, schedule a sleep study appointment and obtain preauthorization for insurance plans. Self-referrals or physician referrals are accepted.

The ETMC Center for Sleep Disorders in Henderson is located on the second floor of ETMC Henderson at 300 Wilson St. If you have scheduled an appointment, please download and fill out this sleep center form to bring with you.


Learn more from this video about sleep disorders by Ketan Patel, MD, a pulmonary and sleep medicine specialist at ETMC.