Sleep Disorders

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Quality sleep is an important part of physical and mental health. In addition to keeping you rested and energetic, a good night's sleep helps prevent conditions like hypertension, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer depression and impaired cognitive process.

We offer leading expertise and treatment options to effectively resolve sleep disorders. Our sleep specialists bring the experience and solutions you need to identify the causes of poor-quality sleep and provide the right treatment to recapture restful, restorative sleep.

About sleep disorders

Quality sleep provides the tools to function well during the day and remain healthy. When sleep is compromised, our minds, health, safety and relationships suffer.

Our sleep medicine program addresses sleep disorders ranging from common to uncommon. These include:

  • Insomnia – the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Sleep apnea – pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep
  • Restless legs syndrome – unpleasant sensations in the legs when resting
  • Narcolepsy – excessive sleepiness when not stimulated during the day
  • Parasomnias – acting out dreams or performing unusual activities in sleep
  • Circadian rhythm problems – misalignment of sleep with society's demands, common in those who do shift work

According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million American adults have a sleep disorder. Fortunately, behavior modifications and medical treatments can make a positive difference.

  • Symptoms of sleep disorders include:

    • Restlessness at night
    • Waking feeling unrefreshed
    • Daytime sleepiness and lack of focus
    • Headaches and achiness
    • High blood pressure
    • Depression
    • Heart attacks
    • Poor work performance
  • The unique qualifications of our sleep medicine team provide you with a strong advantage. Our neurology background gives us expertise in the areas of sleep that overlap with neurologic disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, chronic headaches, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders.

    We use the latest tools and state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose sleep disorders.

    • Home sleep testing is conducted with a device that can be taken home for a night. It is used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea by monitoring breathing and oxygen levels. It is generally used for the overall healthy individual at high risk for sleep apnea.
    • An in-lab sleep study is used when more extensive diagnostic testing is needed. This is a comprehensive test that monitors not only breathing but also brain waves, muscle activity, heart rhythm, blood oxygen levels and breathing patterns. Our sleep technologists are highly experienced and will do their best to keep you comfortable. You'll be at ease in a private room with its own bathroom. We'll provide information to help you prepare for the study.
  • Once the cause of your sleep disorder is known, our experienced team tailors treatment to address your specific condition and challenges. Some of the commonly used recommendations include:

    • Lifestyle modifications, such as healthy eating to promote weight loss, increased exercise or reduced use of alcohol
    • Medications to improve quality of sleep, treat abnormal movements or improve daytime alertness
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy to identify new ways to approach problems
    • CPAP mask, oral appliance (mouthpiece) or surgery for sleep apnea, which could include the revolutionary Inspire implantable electronic device
Inspire Device

Inspire improves sleep, health

There is relief available for many of the 18 million Americans who live with sleep apnea. A more convenient and less obtrusive alternative to cumbersome CPAP machines, the revolutionary Inspire device is implanted within the body. When turned on at night – controlled by a handheld remote – the device monitors breathing and stimulates the tongue to maintain a clear airway.

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Preparing for a sleep study

  • You will have time to change into nightclothes and get ready for bed, as you do at home. If you are male, you must wear running shorts, sweatpants or pajama bottoms. You may wear a shirt if you like, but it is not necessary. If you are a female, you may wear a nightgown, a large shirt or pajamas. Please feel free to bring your favorite pillow from home. Electric blankets are not allowed. You may also want to bring an overnight bag as you would for a stay at a hotel.
    • Don't take naps during the day of your study.
    • Don't eat a large or spicy meal immediately before coming in for your study.
    • Don't eat or drink any food or beverage with caffeine such as coffee, tea, soda or chocolate after 1 p.m. before your study.
    • Don't drink alcoholic beverages on the same evening of the study.
    • Before coming to the sleep center, wash and dry your hair. Do not apply hair sprays, oils or gels. Men not having beards, come clean-shaven. It is recommended you shower or take a bath prior to coming to the sleep center. Ladies, no fingernail polish, weaves or extensions. Additionally, do not use body lotions, powders or makeup prior to the test.
    • Take your medications as usual, or as your doctor has recommended.
    • Bring comfortable sleep attire and toiletries.
  • During preparation for sleep monitoring, various small sensors will be applied to the scalp, face, chest and legs. These monitoring devices are not painful and are designed to be as comfortable as possible while you sleep. The study will be recorded digitally for later review of abnormalities observed during the study. The technician will monitor your sleep throughout the night from a nearby room.
  • You will be awakened at 6 a.m. The wires will be removed, which only takes a few minutes. After that, you will be free to leave. Each room has a shower you are welcome to use in the morning.
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Specialized in sleep disorders
We are 1 of only 2 programs in the region that trains doctors in sleep disorder treatment.
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Unmatched experience
Our program began in 1977 and has unmatched experience in recognizing and treating more than 80 sleep disorders.
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Accredited sleep center
We have been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2007.
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Top Inspire performers
Otolaryngologist Chris Larsen, MD, is among the nation's top 5% of Inspire implanters for 2017.
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Helping more people
In 2016, we tested more than 1,500 patients, a volume that more than doubled in 5 years.
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An experienced team
Our interdisciplinary team includes physicians from multiple specialties as well as experienced sleep study technicians.
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Leading research and clinical trials

We collaborate closely with the University of Kansas Medical Center to realize the power of academic medicine. Here at the health system, we deliver advanced patient care. The staff at the medical center conducts industry-leading research and clinical trials.
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Learn more about our leaders in sleep disorder treatment and research. We also collaborate with registered polysomnographic technologists who administer sophisticated sleep studies to help physicians and care teams make the best decisions and recommendations for effective care.

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