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Sleep Medicine

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Rely on the sleep experts at the UNC Rockingham Sleep Center to help you get better rest and improve your quality of life.

Importance of Sleep

Good sleep enhances your physical and mental health. During sleep, your body repairs itself to support strong physical functions. When you do not get enough sleep, you may have problems concentrating, thinking, and reacting. Over time, lack of sleep can affect your health.

When to See a Sleep Specialist

Talk to your primary care provider about seeing a sleep specialist if you or your child have one or more of the following symptoms that could suggest a sleep disorder:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Urges to move your legs, especially at night
  • Sleeplessness
  • Unusual nighttime activities

Conditions We Treat

Find care and treatment for pediatric and adult sleep conditions, including:

  • Circadian rhythm disorders – Abnormal sleep-wake cycle
  • Hypersomnia – Uncontrollable sleepiness during the day
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Narcolepsy – Excessive sleepiness during the day and disrupted nighttime sleep
  • Sleepwalking and nightmares (parasomnias) – Undesirable physical activities occurring during sleep
  • Restless legs syndrome – Intense urges to move your legs during sleep
  • Sleep apnea – Brief, repeated pauses in your breathing during sleep

Accredited Sleep Center

You’ll benefit from high-quality care and trained staff at our American Academy of Sleep Medicine-accredited sleep center in Eden, North Carolina.

Your First Appointment

Work with a board-certified sleep medicine specialist to diagnose your sleep problem. Your doctor will check your health and discuss your symptoms at your first appointment. If you show signs of a sleep disorder, you may need tests to help find the cause of your symptoms.

Sleep Studies

If your doctor recommends sleep studies, you may have one or more to diagnose your condition or find the right level of treatment. Visit UNC Rockingham for:

    • Polysomnogram – Measures several body functions during sleep to detect sleep problems
    • Airway pressure titration – Finds the right setting for your sleep apnea device:
      • (CPAP) – Tries different CPAP air pressures while you sleep to help normalize your breathing
      • BiPAP – Provides one level of air pressure as you breathe in and another as you breathe out
      • Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) titration – Adjusts airway pressure continuously as you sleep
    • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) – Measures how long it takes you to fall asleep and enter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep

Overnight Sleep Studies

If you need an overnight sleep study, you’ll go to the Sleep Center in the east wing of UNC Rockingham hospital. Enjoy a comfortable sleeping room with a queen-size bed and recliner.

During your sleep study, your sleep technologist will monitor and analyze your sleep patterns. Tracking your sleep involves attaching sensors, wires, and soft belts to your body before your study begins. Your technician may also use a breathing monitor during the study.

Preparing for Your Sleep Study

Review and follow the instructions you receive from the Sleep Center about how to prepare for your sleep study.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your sleep study, call 336-627-6326 at least 24 hours before your appointment to avoid cancellation charges.

Test Results & Follow-Up Care

Your sleep study results will go to your primary care provider or the sleep medicine specialist who recommended you have the tests.

The test results help your doctor advise you about the most effective treatment for your sleep condition at your follow-up appointment.

Ask for a Referral

A physician’s referral is required for sleep disorder care at the UNC Rockingham Sleep Center. For more information, talk to your doctor or call the Sleep Center at 336-627-6326.

Referring Physicians’ Patient Order

Refer your patient for sleep medicine services or a sleep study at UNC Rockingham Sleep Center. Fax a completed Sleep Center Patient Referral Form [PDF] to 336-623-9215.

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