The Sleep Center at Maria Parham

Did you know that the average adult needs eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night?

Signs that you are not getting enough sleep include irritability, difficulty staying awake while watching television or reading, lack of attention at work or in school, memory problems and using caffeine to stay awake. Not getting enough sleep will impact your quality of life. Our goal at the Maria Parham Sleep Center is to help you get goodnights sleep.

Take a moment to think about the following and how it might apply to you or someone you care about:

1. Do you have trouble staying awake during the day or early evening hours?
2. Do you snore during sleep, often with pauses in your breathing?
3. Do you find yourself waking up at night startled, often confused?
4. Are you easily irritable or suffer from poor judgment or concentration?
5. Do you suffer from high blood pressure, morning headaches, sexual dysfunction or frequent nocturnal urination?
6. Are you obese or do you have a large neck size?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be suffering from a sleep problem. Maria Parham Sleep Center can provide you with help for a variety of sleep disorders.

The Maria Parham Sleep Center

Our sleep center offers four state-of-the-art sleep rooms. Each sleep room features a large bed, cable television and a telephone. Patients at our sleep center participate in a sleep study conducted by our team of experts. During this outpatient procedure tests are performed to monitor breathing, heart rate, oxygen saturation, leg movements, and brain waves. Your night’s sleep is recorded and then complied with test data. Our Board Certified Sleep Doctor reviews your case and provides a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Patient Experience

Patients of the Sleep Center usually arrive at the hospital around 9:00 p.m. and leave the next morning, usually around 6:00 a.m. A minimum of six hours of recording time is required to have a valid study. While you're at the Sleep Center, a nocturnal polysomnogram will be done. This is a simple and painless procedure that will measure bodily functions during sleep. Brain waves, heartbeats, eye movements and muscle tension will be monitored, along with leg movements, airflow breathing, chest and abdominal breathing and blood oxygen levels. After the study is completed, there is a private shower in your room for your convenience and a continental breakfast provided to you at no additional cost.

Our services are covered by most insurance policies along with Medicaid and Medicare. We will work to get pre-authorization from your carrier to eliminate financial problems.

Only a physician can order a sleep study. We recommend that you speak to your family doctor about your sleep difficulties. They can order a study directly or may refer you to a sleep specialist such as our Board Certified Sleep Physician.

For more information about The Sleep Center at Maria Parham, please call:

(252) 436-1749

Tips to Help You Sleep Better

Sleep hygiene consists of several practices that can help you get better sleep. Here are some simple ideas that can help you sleep better:

  • Lose weight
  • Decrease your caffeine an liquid intake, especially after dinner
  • Eliminate alcohol and tobacco products, especially before going to sleep
  • Try going to sleep and waking up the same time each day
  • Eliminate naps
  • Try sleeping on our sides. You also may want to try to sleep with your head elevated
  • Avoid over-the-counter sleep medications unless directed by your physician