Sleep Disorders

The Emory Clinic Sleep Center offers a complete range of state of the art procedures to diagnose sleep disorders, as well as treatment strategies customized to each patient's individual needs.

Our board certified sleep specialists place a great emphasis on listening to the patient, comprehensively reviewing their medical, sleep, and medication histories, and the physical examination. Only then might we suggest a polysomnogram, or sleep study. This is a routine, painless diagnostic test that transmits information regarding brain waves, eye and muscle movements, breathing, the oxygen content of the blood, heart rhythms, and auditory and motor behaviors from the sleeping patient to a monitor and computer. Although typically performed overnight, sleep studies can also be scheduled during the day to accomodate those individuals who usually sleep during daytime hours.

Sleep Disorder Treatment Services

The Emory Clinic Sleep Center uses the latest therapies, diagnostic tools, and treatment innovations to care for patients who suffer from a wide range of sleep disorders, tailoring an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

Medications
A wide variety of medications are available to manage sleep disorders and conditions such as narcolepsy and disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias (e.g., motor behaviors emerging during sleep), and insomnia. Sleep center physicians develop individualized medication therapy plans for each patient.

The Emory Clinic Sleep Center uses the latest therapies, diagnostic tools, and treatment innovations to care for patients who suffer from a wide range of sleep disorders, tailoring an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

Other Therapies
Some sleep disorders are best treated with therapies other than medications, or with a combination of medications and other interventions. Depending on the type of disorder, recommended programs may include:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) - A CPAP is a device that applies pressurized air into the nose or mouth via a mask. For patients diagnosed with sleep apnea, the CPAP device keeps the air passage open to normalize breathing and blood oxygen content at night.
  • Oral appliance therapy as an alternative for patients intolerant to CPAP.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy to assist with difficulties in getting to sleep.
  • Education on proper sleep hygiene to effect lifestyle changes that promote healthy sleep habits.

About the Emory Sleep Center

The Emory Sleep Center is one of the country's leading diagnostic, treatment, and research centers for the spectrum of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic leg movements of sleep, the narcolepsies inclusive of idiopathic hypersomnia, Kleine-Levin syndrome, parasomnias, and insomnia.

Located in Atlanta, GA, the Emory Sleep Center provides a team of board-certified sleep specialists and experienced polysomnographers (sleep technologists). The Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), signifying the highest standards of clinical quality in sleep medicine.

The Sleep Center is a modern six-bed facility with state-of-the art technology and handicap accessibility. Accomodations are also available for those individuals who are traveling with a family member from long distances to see us. Our facility features comfortable private bedrooms with full sized beds, cable TV and DVD players, wireless internet access, and many of the amenities you find when staying at a hotel. The Emory Sleep Center prides itself on providing short lead time for tests, usually within two weeks of physician referral, and an experienced staff dedicated to helping its patients.

The Emory Sleep Center offers a toll-free help line (404-712-7533) and client services coordinators available to provide patients with immediate assistance from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Clinical Research at the Emory Sleep Center

In addition to providing clinical care for patients, Emory's sleep specialists actively research the causes, consequences, and novel treatments of sleep disorders. Patients interested in participating in research have a wide array of opportunities to do so, ranging from clinical trials for new treatments of excessive daytime sleepiness to studies of the genes underlying common sleep disorders, to detailed evaluations of sleep and daytime sleepiness in patients with Parkinson's disease and related conditions.

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