A new sleep lab at Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center in Paris, Ill., can help diagnose common sleep problems, which may include trouble falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at the wrong times, getting too much sleep, or abnormal behaviors during sleep.

The sleep lab is located in the hospital’s medical/surgical wing. Studies are performed two days a week with each study lasting a minimum of six hours. Additional testing days will be added as needed.

Bruce Scott, polysomnographic technologist at PCH/FMC, performs the sleep studies under supervision from Dr. Anand Bhuptani, medical director for the program and a pulmonologist in Terre Haute who is board certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Each modernly equipped sleeping room at PCH/FMC includes a 42-inch flat screen TV with cable, Wifi, a queen-sized bed with luxury bedding, recliner chair, fans, and a personal shower and restroom. Patients spend the night at the hospital and resume their normal daily routine when they awaken the next morning.

As many as 70 million American adults suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Sleep problems vary from person to person and in their severity. Among the problems may be snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, restless leg syndrome or some other condition. Good sleep is necessary for optimal health and can affect hormone levels, mood, weight and more.

A referral from a health care provider is needed to participate in a sleep study. Sleep study results are sent directly to the patient’s provider for followup.

For more information about sleep services at PCH/FMC, call 217-465-CARE (2273).

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