Sleep medicine in Middle Tennessee
It is common to occasionally have trouble sleeping. However, if you find those troubles become more routine, it is important to address them as quickly as possible. This is because not getting enough quality sleep can impact your long-term health.
At TriStar Medical Group, our sleep medicine specialists will diagnose and treat your problem, helping you get back to sleeping soundly through the night.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (800) 242-5662.
Sleep disorders we treat
We are able to offer care for patients with:
- Insomnia: This sleep disorder involves difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Narcolepsy: This sleep disorder causes overwhelming daytime drowsiness.
- Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea occurs when you have frequent brief pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep.
- "Restless legs" syndrome: Commonly referred to as RLS, this condition involves uncomfortable sensations and an irresistible urge to move the legs.
- Sleepwalking or sleep talking: Also known as somnambulism, sleepwalking occurs when a sleeping person shows behaviors associated with being awake but is still asleep. Sleep talking is when an individual speaks or makes audible sounds in their sleep, such as a few words or full conversations.
- Sleep terrors: This sleep disorder involves intense fear, flailing or screaming while still asleep. Most sleep terrors last from seconds to a few minutes, but some episodes may last longer.
- Excessive snoring: Excessive snoring is habitual snoring that tends to increase in volume.
- Teeth grinding: This sleep disorder is often associated with stress or anxiety. While it does not always cause symptoms, some patients report facial pain and headaches. Over time, it can also cause your teeth to wear down.
- Bed-wetting: Bed-wetting is involuntary urination while asleep. This becomes a disorder once a patient is after the age of which staying dry at night can be expected.
How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?
Although being evaluated by a physician is the best way to confirm whether you have a sleep disorder, there are a series of questions you can ask yourself before scheduling an appointment.
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you may be experiencing a sleep disorder.
- Do you wake up at night and are unable to go back to sleep?
- Do you lie awake for more than half an hour before falling asleep?
- Are you having trouble at school or work because of sleepiness?
- Do you fall asleep during the day, even after a good night's sleep?
- Do you snore loudly?
- Do you have trouble keeping your legs still at night?
Through our sleep centers, TriStar Medical Group is able to perform sleep studies on patients of all ages. We are able to help patients return to a regular sleep pattern with minimal stress and anxiety. Our centers give patients access to specialists in neurological care and advanced technology that tests for sleep disorders.
During an evaluation, our technologists are able to measure:
- Brain activity
- Breathing patterns
- Eye and muscle movements
- Heart rate
- Percentage of oxygen saturation in red blood cells