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Sleep Disorders Center Anniston, AL

We can’t overstate the impact that sleep disorders can have on your quality of life. Poor sleep can cause everything from decreased job performance to serious health problems, like high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, memory loss, and depression. With serious problems like this, a sleep study and sleep medicine is an important step toward health for those who are experiencing sleep disorders. 

Fortunately, the RMC’s Sleep Disorders Center has the experienced staff and resources needed to effectively treat a wide range of sleep disorders, like insomnia. 

If you’d like to learn more about our physician referral process for scheduling a sleep medicine appointment, please contact us at (256) 235-5077.


Different Types of Sleep Studies and Testing

At our Sleep Disorders Center, our medical team of specialists can conduct a sleep study to assess your sleep/wake problems. Some of the studies performed at our facility include the following. You can learn more about clinical sleep study testing and diagnosis here.

Sleep Apnea Test 

If you experience obstructive sleep apnea, then you understand how this is one of the more potentially serious sleep problems that patients can experience. With this sleep problem, patients experience breathing that repeatedly starts and stops. Symptoms often include loud snoring and tiredness during the daytime. 

Sleep apnea is a disorder usually related to certain risk factors, like age and obesity. When a patient schedules an appointment for a sleep apnea test, also known as an MPSG/CPAP Titration Study, they usually find the optimal air pressure for their individual breathing problem. RMC Sleep Disorders Center can also help with oral appliances for sleep apnea, also known as mandibular advancement. 

Narcolepsy Test

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes patients to experience overwhelming daytime drowsiness, which often causes them to suddenly fall asleep outside of normal night hours. This medical sleep condition can cause different sleep patterns for patients but can often be treated with certain medications. 

A Multiple Sleep Latency Test, or MSLT, is performed on a patient testing for the sleep disorder narcolepsy. This study is conducted by sleep study professionals during the daytime. The patient takes a series of five naps, which are spread two hours apart. 

Maintenance of Wakefulness Test

In some fields of work, it’s extremely important that workers are awake and alert during the daytime, like air traffic controllers from the Birmingham, AL airport. The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is designed to indicate if a person can stay away during the day. Another use of the MWT is to test patients who are on CPAP, those who have signs of sleep apnea. Or it can even be used to test patients who are on new medications.


How To Prepare for Sleep-Related Testing and Treatment At Our Facility

The most important thing to remember before your sleep study is to avoid caffeine beforehand. This includes all times of caffeine, like coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate. You should also avoid drinking any type of alcohol. All of these substances affect your sleep patterns. 

You’ll also want to bring an overnight bag with you to our facility that includes any medications and a change of clothes for the next morning. Pack anything that may help you feel more comfortable in your room, like your own pillow, comfortable pajamas, or anything else that you would typically bring for an overnight stay.

It would also be wise to double-check your insurance policy to make sure that everything is in order for your insurance company to cover costs associated with your room and the study.


Learn More About RMC’s Alabama Sleep Clinic

RMC’s Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Our board-certified sleep disorder professionals are equipped with the tools and experience for any types of sleep disorder, like insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep walking, and night terrors. 

As an accredited provider, the RMC Sleep Disorders Center offers superior sleep medicine services to Anniston, AL, and surrounding areas like Birmingham, AL. With the help of a sleep study doctor, you’ll receive help for any number of sleep/wake disorders conveniently from our Tyler Center. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with RMC Sleep Center specialists at The Tyler Center, please contact us at (256) 235-5077. We’ll help you learn more about our physician and self-referrals for sleep studies and the clinical treatment process and get you on the road to better sleep health.