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Sleep Medicine in Tuscaloosa

Diagnosing Sleep Disorders to Improve Patients’ Quality of Life

Sleep problems affect every aspect of an individual's life. In addition to chronic fatigue, sleepiness and restless nights, sleep problems can lead to high blood pressure, cardiac risks, and many other health problems.

You could have a sleep disorder if you:

  • Snore
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Always feel sleepy
  • Feel drowsy in the morning
  • Stop breathing or gasp for air during sleep
  • Frequently have sore throats and dry mouth upon waking

In addition, these health issues increase the risk for sleep apnea:

  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Type II diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Lung disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cardiovascular Disease

How Do Get a Diagnosis for my Sleep Disorder?

To find out if you have sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder, you will need to speak with a physician specialized in sleep disorders. If you think you may have a sleep disorder, inform your physician. Your physician can then determine if a referral to a sleep specialist is necessary. The sleep specialist may refer you for a sleep study.

If you or someone you know has sleep problems, call 205-759-7832 (Regional) or 205-343-8628 (Northport) to find out how the DCH Sleep Lab can help you today.

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