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Alamance Regional Sleep Lab

Sleep – or the lack of sleep – affects everything from our jobs and our safety to our health and our relationships. More than one third of American adults say they feel so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities. And 4 percent of adult men and 2 percent of adult women have obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder.

At Alamance Regional’s Sleep Disorders Lab, experts diagnose sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders through sleep latency or multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT) and polysomnography studies.

Patients spend one night at the lab while a certified sleep technologist monitors breathing, heart rate, muscle activity and other vital signs from a computerized station. Our six private rooms are furnished and decorated with home-like comforts and include a private bath with each room.

The lab’s physicians can diagnose any problems and work with your physician to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you. If you think you may suffer from a sleep disorder, ask your physician about a referral to our Sleep Lab.

Warning signs of sleep apnea

While sleep apnea can pose serious health risks, it is treatable. If you exhibit symptoms of sleep apnea, talk to your physician. Symptoms include:

  • Extremely loud snoring
  • Repeating patterns of “snore, pause, gasp,” revealing breathing stops and starts
  • Waking up frequently
  • Extreme sleepiness during the day
  • Falling asleep while at work or while driving
  • Workplace accidents or car wrecks
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Lost productivity
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiousness
  • Depression
  • Mood or behavior changes
  • More frequent illnesses
  • Morning headaches
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Male erectile failure

Need more information about sleep and sleep disorders?

Visit the National Sleep Foundation. Their tools and quizzes will help assess your knowledge about sleep. Another sleep quiz is available at sleepeducation.com.

For more information about our Sleep Lab services, call (866) 937-6692.

CPAP Clinic

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) education clinic is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4p.m. This clinic is held in the Alamance Regional Sleep Lab. Please call (336) 584-6204 for an appointment.

Tips for better sleep

  • Avoid napping during the daytime
  • Eliminate distractions from the bedroom 
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool, and comfortable room 
  • Use the bed for sleeping and sex (no TV or eating) 
  • Follow a regular schedule for bedtime 
  • Establish a regular bedtime routine 
  • Exercise at least three hours before bedtime 
  • Watch what/when you eat; avoid large meals close to bedtime 
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime 
  • Refuse to worry by properly managing stress 
  • Take a warm bath, listen to quiet music, or try relaxation exercises before bedtime