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Sleep Disorders Center

Dreaming of better sleep?

The Sleep Disorders Center at Fort Sanders Regional has been diagnosing and treating patients with a variety of sleep problems since 1984. Fully accredited and a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1987, our services have grown in popularity as doctors have recognized a link between sleep disorders, strokes and heart attacks.

Obstructive sleep apnea, collapse or blockage of the airways during sleep, is one of the more well-known sleep disorders. Sleep apnea worsens with weight gain and, with America’s growing obesity problem, has been increasing in recent years. 

Our diagnostic services cover sleep apnea and many other sleep problems including:

Individualized treatment plans are developed to address each patient’s unique needs.

We have provided information and a questionnaire to help you determine if you may suffer from a sleep disorder or restless leg syndrome. If you feel you are at risk, contact your physician and have him/her complete a referral form.     

Diagnostic Services

Our board-certified sleep specialists will personally evaluate each patient referred for sleep/wake disorders. This evaluation includes a complete medical history, sleep history and physical examination. During the course of a patient’s evaluation and/or treatment at the Center some patients may see various specialists, our nurse practitioner, a PSG/CPAP technician, or others. Each member of our team brings their own areas of training and expertise to ensure every patient receives the best possible care. 

We will order sleep and laboratory testing or refer a patient to specialists as needed. Typical referrals are to behavioral medicine, cardiology, weight management, dentistry, or otolaryngology (ENT).

Routine sleep tests, or polysomnography, include continuous monitoring of the individual’s eye movement, brainwave activity, limb movements, respiratory rate, airflow, chest and abdominal respiratory effort, oxygen levels, and heart rate and rhythm. Our physicians may want us to monitor other parameters also.

A complete evaluation typically includes one to two nights of sleep monitoring. Daytime testing may also be indicated.


Our Sleep Specialists review evaluations, sleep tests, and labs to determine the best treatment plan for each individual. The Sleep Disorders Center staff regularly works with professionals in behavioral medicine, neurology, otolaryngology, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, respiratory therapy and urology. This ensures that patients get the excellent care that they expect from Fort Sanders Regional and its associated clinics.

We always supply a full report of your evaluation to your physician. It relates our findings, provides a diagnosis and recommends a treatment plan. Your physician is welcome to call with any questions or concerns regarding your care.  Our staff will help you follow through with the plan designed specifically to treat your sleep problems.

Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.