Do you often experience fatigue or excessive daytime sleepiness? Does your partner notice you snoring a lot? Do you wake up with headaches or dry mouth in the mornings? These could be signs that you may have a sleep disorder.
Fortunately, the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Sleep Center, with two convenient locations — in Rolla and Waynesville — can provide diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for patients with a full range of sleep-related problems. Both locations are accredited with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In addition, PCRMC offers home sleep testing.
Some of the more common sleep disorders seen in patients at PCRMC’s Sleep Center include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, narcolepsy and periodic limb movements. Poor quality sleep can often lead to accidents, injuries and other health issues, such as impaired cognition and many chronic diseases.
If you think you might have one or more of these problems, the first step is to contact your primary care physician. Your doctor will use screening tools, such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale or the STOP-Bang questionnaire, to help assess your condition. These evaluations include questions about your likeliness of dozing off during various activities, not just feeling tired.
In certain cases, assessments of your heart and lung functions may be necessary. Depending on the results of these tests, your physician may refer you to the PCRMC Sleep Center.
PCRMC uses the most advanced technology to assess patients with sleep issues. At PCRMC’s Sleep Center, staff can conduct diagnostic polysomnography studies, electroencephalographs (EEGs) that measure the electrical activity of your brain, and CPAP/BiPAP (continuous positive airway pressure/bi-level positive airway pressure) fitting and titration.
PCRMC’s Sleep Center staff is comprised of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and Registered Respiratory Therapists–Sleep Disorder Specialists, who are all credentialed. The Sleep Center partners with board-certified sleep specialist Dr. Terrence Coulter and Melanie Chisam, PA, who see patients twice a month at the PCRMC Medical Office Building.
“We are fortunate to have this clinical expertise and a board-certified specialist who provide high-quality care,” says Cheryl Hoerr, director of respiratory and sleep services at PCRMC.
The Sleep Center has four beds in Rolla and two in Waynesville, and sleep studies are conducted Mondays through Fridays, according to Amy Yates, lead technologist with the PCRMC Sleep Center. While most sleep studies occur at night, PCRMC offers daytime tests for those who work nights.
During sleep studies, patients can expect their breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels, brain waves and leg movements to be monitored. PCRMC’s Sleep Center offers a variety of nasal or full-face masks, and staff can help patients find the right one to wear.
The Sleep Center rooms are clean, comfortable and private. They include amenities such as televisions, large walk-in showers, queen-sized adjustable beds with memory foam mattresses and free access to high-speed Wi-Fi.
PCRMC’s Sleep Center is located near the East Entrance of the hospital in Rolla as well as lower level of the Waynesville Medical Plaza.
Sleep studies are provided by physician referral only, so talk to your primary care doctor if you feel you experience sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. For more information about the PCRMC Sleep Center, call 573-458-7650.