What is Sleep Medicine?

What is Sleep Medicine?

Sleep medicine is a field dedicated to improving sleep health and treating sleep-related issues. Specialists in this field diagnose and address sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea.

With a range of services including assessments and treatments, sleep medicine centers offer effective solutions tailored to individual needs. From medications to natural remedies, sleep medicine aims to enhance sleep quality and overall well-being.

Our Sleep Lab

At our Sleep Lab, we help you understand and improve your sleep. Our friendly team of experts is here to make your sleep experience comfortable and informative.

Here’s what we offer:

  1. Understanding Your Sleep Patterns

We monitor how you sleep to find out what’s happening while you rest. This helps us identify any sleep patterns that might be affecting your sleep quality.

  1. In-Center Sleep Test

Join us for our in-center sleep test, known as polysomnography (PSG). In a comfortable room that feels like home, we’ll watch your brain waves, heart rate, breathing, and eye movements as you sleep.

This test helps us uncover sleep issues like apnea, restless legs, or narcolepsy.

  1. Split Night Test

Experience our split night test where we watch your vitals and movements as you sleep. If we spot sleep apnea, we’ll use a special machine (CPAP) to improve your breathing.

This test ensures good oxygen levels during sleep and is great if you can’t do two overnight tests.

  1. Home Sleep Apnea Test

Try our home sleep test in your own comfortable space. This do-it-yourself test helps us check if you might have sleep apnea.

We’ll record your breathing and heart rate. If you don’t have certain health issues, this is a budget-friendly choice. But remember, it can only tell us about sleep apnea and you might need more tests later.

Why Choose Franklin County Medical Center?

  • Swift Scheduling, Faster Results

Get started on your path to better sleep sooner. Our streamlined scheduling process ensures you receive prompt care and quicker results compared to other sleep labs.

  • Specialist Doctor Review

Your sleep tests and studies are meticulously reviewed by a dedicated sleep medicine Doctor. This expert collaboration with our providers ensures tailored treatment plans designed just for you.

Understanding Common Sleep Disorders

Several common sleep disorders can affect our sleep quality and overall well-being.

Listed below are common sleep disorders:

  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, leading to daytime fatigue and irritability.
  • Sleep Apnea: Interruptions in breathing during sleep, causing loud snoring and daytime sleepiness.
  • Narcolepsy: Excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS): Uncomfortable sensations in the legs, leading to an irresistible urge to move them, often disrupting sleep.
  • Sleepwalking: Walking or performing complex activities while asleep, usually during the first few hours of sleep.
  • Nightmares: Disturbing dreams that wake you up, causing fear and anxiety during sleep.

If you experience any of these sleep disorders or have concerns about your sleep, consult a sleep medicine specialist for proper diagnosis and effective treatment options.

When Should I See a Sleep Medicine Specialist?

Consider seeing a sleep medicine specialist if you experience:

  • Persistent Insomnia: Difficulty sleeping for several weeks, impacting daily life.
  • Chronic Snoring: Loud, frequent snoring accompanied by pauses in breathing.
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Feeling excessively tired despite getting enough sleep.
  • Unexplained Fatigue: Waking up tired or lacking energy throughout the day.
  • Restless Nights: Trouble staying asleep or experiencing frequent awakenings.
  • Sleepwalking or Nightmares: Engaging in unusual behaviors during sleep or experiencing recurring distressing dreams.
  • Suspected Sleep Apnea: Witnessed episodes of gasping or choking during sleep.

Consulting a sleep medicine specialist can help diagnose and treat sleep disorders, improving sleep quality and overall well-being. Don’t hesitate to seek expert guidance for a better night’s rest.

Treating Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can significantly impact our well-being, but effective treatments are available. Here are some common approaches used in treating sleep disorders:

  • Lifestyle Modifications: Adopting healthy sleep habits, such as maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and optimizing the sleep environment.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Addressing negative thoughts and behaviors that contribute to sleep problems through therapy techniques.
  • Medications: Prescribed by sleep medicine specialists to manage specific sleep disorders or alleviate symptoms.
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): A common treatment for sleep apnea that involves wearing a mask during sleep to provide a steady flow of air.
  • Oral Appliances: Customized devices that help maintain an open airway, primarily used for treating snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Surgical Interventions: In some cases, surgery may be recommended to address anatomical issues causing sleep disorders.

Remember, each treatment approach is tailored to the individual and the specific sleep disorder. Consulting a sleep medicine specialist will help determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your unique needs, improving your sleep quality and overall health.

Disclaimer

Our primary care team is trained to address various aspects of sleep needs, but we do not have a provider who was trained specifically in the sleep medicine specialty. If your concerns fall outside our scope, our providers will recommend you to a specialist for comprehensive guidance.  Our newly renovated sleep lab, however, is fully capable of completing the majority of sleep studies ordered by any physician.

Our Sleep Medicine Providers

Lance Hansen, MD

Lance Hansen, MD

Family Medicine

    Stephanie Hendricks, PA

    Stephanie Hendricks, PA

    Family Medicine

      Avery Jeffers, MD

      Avery Jeffers, MD

      Internal Medicine

        Stuart Knapp, MD

        Stuart Knapp, MD

        Family Medicine

          Dr. Morrison Portrait

          Chelsie Morrison, DO

          Family Medicine

            Amy Pabawena, FNP

            Amy Pabawena, FNP

            Family Medicine

              Daniel Patten, MD

              Daniel Patten, MD

              Family Medicine

                Joel T. Webb, PA-C

                Joel T. Webb, PA-C

                Family Medicine

                  Chantee Wyatt, PA-C

                  Chantee Wyatt, PA-C

                  Family Medicine

                    Our Sleep Medicine Location

                    Franklin County Medical Center
                    44 N 1st E, Preston, ID 83263
                    Open 24/7
                    Laboratory Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm 
                    Radiology Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm 
                    (208) 852-0137

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