Do you wake up tired? This is a common symptom of sleep apnea, the most common sleep disorder in the country. Left untreated, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders pose serious health risks.
South County Hospital's nationally-accredited Sleep Disorders Lab is a resource for the diagnosis of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and insomnia.
The South County Hospital Sleep Disorders Lab is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the gold standard by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine services. The AASM's Standards for Accreditation ensure that sleep medicine providers follow prescribed testing procedures and policies, patient safety and follow-up, and physician and staff training.
Your overnight study takes place in one of the comfortable, private, hotel-like rooms of the Sleep Disorders Lab. All rooms include a private bathroom, flat screen television, and are located in a quiet, serene setting.
If you snore or wake up tired after a full night's sleep, tell your primary care physician you want a referral to the Sleep Disorders Lab. Or, call the Sleep Lab yourself (401-788-1667) and our staff will help you make the arrangements.
Sleep Apnea, pauses in breathing while you sleep, affects 12 million Americans and, if left untreated, can cause serious health risks, such as cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency and headaches. And, as sleep apnea sufferers are always tired, the condition can affect job performance and place you at risk for auto accidents.
1. Are you a loud and/or regular snorer?
2. Have you been observed to gasp or stop breathing during sleep?
3. Do you feel tired or groggy upon wakening or do you waken with a headache?
4. Are you often tired or fatigued during the wake time hours?
5. Do you fall asleep sitting, reading, watching TV or driving?
6. Do you often have problems with memory or concentration?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, speak to your physician about a sleep study referral or call the Lab yourself at 401-788-1667. Treatment works!
For more information or questions regarding South County Hospital's Sleep Disorders Lab call 401-788-1667.
Physicians can refer a patient for a sleep study by calling 401-788-1486 or by faxing the Sleep Center Requisition form to 401-789-7455.