Job performance and your health can suffer when you have a sleep disorder

There are many reasons why you might have trouble getting enough sleep at night. Novant Health’s sleep centers can help you understand what’s keeping you awake. Disruptions might be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome or narcolepsy. Tests that are available in our centers give your doctor information that can be used to identify your condition and create a treatment plan.

Our services are available if you are experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness, daytime fatigue (nonrestorative sleep) or insomnia. In some cases, these conditions can make other illnesses worse. For example, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and lung conditions (COPD) can be aggravated if you frequently stop breathing while you rest because of sleep apnea.

Your problems with sleeping also can become a concern at work if you drive a truck or bus or have some other job that calls for alertness. For these positions, your employer may require sleep tests if you have risk factors for a sleep condition. For example, risk for obstructive sleep apnea can be higher if you have a broad neck (more than 17 inches around) and/or excess body weight.

Novant Health sleep centers offer nighttime studies in our lab with a board-certified sleep physician. In some cases, you can take a sleep test at home. A polysomnogram is a common test for collecting information about your sleep patterns. Titration studies are important for treating sleep apnea. Other tests can help diagnose and treat excessive daytime sleepiness and measure your ability to stay awake. Our sleep centers are located in several communities to give you access to the services you need.