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Sleep Disorders

Sleepy WorkerIf you or your child have trouble sleeping, turn to a doctor at Cone Health Medical Group. Our board-certified sleep specialists will discover the reason for your sleep difficulties and help you rest better and easier.

Sleep Medicine Experts

With Cone Health Medical Group, you’ll benefit from the skills and expertise of physicians who are board-certified and fellowship-trained in sleep medicine. Your physician also may have advanced training in pulmonary medicine or neurology.

If you participate in a sleep study as part of your care, your team will include registered sleep technologists (RPSGT) specially trained in monitoring and recording your sleep patterns. That means your doctor gets complete, accurate data to help diagnose your condition and develop a care plan that treats all your symptoms.

Sleep-Related Conditions We Treat

Turn to a CHMG specialist for help managing sleep-related conditions such as:
Sleep-related breathing disorders – Disruptions in normal breathing that occur only during sleep

  • Sleep apnea (Obstructive, Central, or Mixed sleep apnea)
  • Upper airway resistance syndrome
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS)
  • Narcolepsy – Excessive sleepiness
  • Unusual sleep behavior (parasomnia)
  • REM behavior disorder – Physically acting out dreams while asleep
  • Night terrors – Displays of intense fear while asleep
  • Sleepwalking – Walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep
  • Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) – Repetitive movements of arms or legs
  • Restless leg syndrome – Throbbing, tingling or cramping in legs
  • Snoring – Breathing with a hoarse or grunting sound
  • Circadian rhythm disturbances – Disrupted sleep-wake cycles
  • Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

Comprehensive Sleep Consultation

At your first appointment, you’ll meet with your CHMG sleep medicine doctor for a comprehensive sleep consultation. You’ll get a physical exam and discuss your symptoms. You may be asked to keep a diary to record your sleep habits over time.

Diagnostic Sleep Studies

Your physician may recommend a sleep test to get a more detailed picture of what your body does during sleep and detect problems you might not know about. Depending on your symptoms, you may participate in:

Polysomnography

A polysomnography assesses your movement, breathing, brain activity, heart rate and time asleep in a comfortable sleep lab.

Before the test, a technician will place painless sensors on your scalp, chest, legs and fingers to monitor your vital signs as you sleep. If your breathing is interrupted during sleep, you may wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to help you breathe more steadily.

If you work at night, you may be able to participate in this study during the day.

Multiple Sleep Latency Test

A multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) measures daytime sleepiness and helps your doctor diagnose or rule out narcolepsy. During the study, you’ll be asked to nap for 20 minutes every two hours during the day. A technician will measure how quickly you fall asleep and reach certain sleep stages.

Home Sleep Test

During a screening for sleep apnea, you might sleep at home while wearing a special device that records information about your breathing. A sleep specialist will show you how to use the device.

Maintenance of Wakefulness Test

A Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) measures your alertness the day after a good night’s sleep in the sleep lab. The test isolates you from external factors that can influence your ability to fall asleep (for example, temperature, light, noise and activity) and shows whether you’re able to stay awake for a defined period of time. It may be used to see how well you’re responding to treatment or to determine whether it’s safe for you to drive or perform other daily tasks.

Accredited, Home-Like Sleep Facilities

Sleep LabWhen participating in a sleep study in a sleep lab at Guilford Neurologic Associates or a Cone Health Sleep Disorders Center, you’ll know you’re getting high-quality care that incorporates the latest advances in sleep medicine because the facilities all hold accreditations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

We’ll make your sleep study as comfortable and relaxing as possible. You’ll stay in a peaceful private room with a home- or hotel-like atmosphere. You may read or watch TV until you’re ready to sleep, and your room includes a private bathroom.

Solutions for Better Sleep

Your CHMG sleep medicine doctor will create a care plan tailored to your specific condition. If your care plan includes treatment from another specialist, ask for a referral to another CHMG medical professional. You’ll make the transition easily because Cone HealthLink gives all your CHMG physicians secure, real-time access to your medical records.

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Tips for better sleep

  • Avoid napping during the daytime
  • Eliminate distractions from the bedroom 
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool, and comfortable room 
  • Use the bed for sleeping and sex (no TV or eating) 
  • Follow a regular schedule for bedtime 
  • Establish a regular bedtime routine 
  • Exercise at least three hours before bedtime 
  • Watch what/when you eat; avoid large meals close to bedtime 
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime 
  • Refuse to worry by properly managing stress 
  • Take a warm bath, listen to quiet music, or try relaxation exercises before bedtime
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