Sleep Disorders Center
For some people, getting a good night's sleep is as easy as closing their eyes. For others, it is only a dream. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, helping put sleep problems to rest.
Highly-trained Sleep Specialists
Our staff includes sleep technologists who have special training in sleep monitoring techniques, as well as physicians who specialize in sleep medicine. Sleep professionals are involved during every step of the treatment process. In conjunction with the primary care physician, they can determine the best therapy option to effectively treat sleep-related disorders.
The Sleep Disorders Center offers evaluation and treatment of most sleep disorders including:
- Insomnia: difficulty in falling or remaining asleep
- Excessive sleepiness: inability to stay awake and alert during normal waking hours
- Sleep apnea: interrupted or disturbed breathing during sleep
- Restless legs syndrome: unpleasant sensations in the legs
- Periodic limb movements of sleep: jerking or bending movements in the legs
Experience the Difference in our High-tech Home-like Environment
The Sleep Disorders Center offers a high-tech, yet homelike setting designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible, and to ensure that testing and evaluation are as easy as closing your eyes and falling asleep.
If you didn't sleep well last night, you're not alone. Millions of Americans are disrupted in their slumber by sleep disorders such as insomnia, restless legs and sleep apnea. You can rest assured that if you are having trouble sleeping, our Sleep Disorders Center can help.
The Center treats patients with sleep problems, primarily sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing many times while sleeping, can cause headaches, raise blood pressure and be life-threatening. Sleep apnea is commonly caused by structures in the throat, such as swollen tonsils or excess tissues, which block the flow of air in and out of the lungs. While the sufferer sleeps, the relaxed position of the throat and the weight of the tissue repeatedly block breathing. Resumed breathing often begins with a gasp of air, rousing the person and disrupting sleep. A person with this condition may sleep 10-15 hours a night, but he or she isn't getting the quality of sleep needed, waking up with a headache from oxygen deprivation and snoring.
The Sleep Study Environment
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the hospital's second floor, the Center has three rooms designated for sleep studies. The rooms are comfortably furnished to promote restful, natural sleep and are wired to the Center office down the hall, where a patient's breathing, oxygen levels and movements are monitored.
While surgical options are available, many sleep apnea patients use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to prevent sleep apnea. The treatment consists of a machine that delivers a small amount of pressured air through a mask over the nose. The patient must wear headgear to keep the mask in place.