Center for Sleep Disorders
Our mission at the Center for Sleep Disorders at Catawba Valley Medical
Center is to evaluate your sleep and partner with your primary care physician
to help diagnose and provide high quality medical care for sleep disorders.
Our Sleep Center is the largest in the Hickory area, with six comfortable
bedrooms available six nights a week, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
and private consultation rooms. The Center is staffed by board-registered
sleep specialists, including neurologists and pulmonologists.
CVMC’s Center for Sleep Disorders is the first in the area to be
nationally accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
AASM accreditation is the “gold standard” for the field, because
it shows that a sleep center or lab maintains the highest standards in
all it does.
Evaluation of sleep patterns and identification of sleep disorders is an
important component of workplace safety for a number of professions. Most
sleep disorders are diagnosed with a sleep study, which generally involves
an overnight stay at the Center. During the stay, sleep patterns and behaviors,
including brain waves, eye movements and muscle activity, are observed
for analysis. Sleep studies provide the tools for physicians to diagnose
sleep disorders and provide appropriate treatment.
Center hours are 7am – 5pm for Multiple Sleep Latency Testing, follow-up
visits with physicians and community education.
Patients arrive for their night sleep studies at 8pm and are able to leave
the next morning after 5am. If you have questions or concerns about poor sleep, The Center for Sleep
Disorders at CVMC can help. Ask your physician if a sleep study would
be beneficial for you, or call 828.732-6690 for more information.
Sleep Disorder Diagnosis
Patients are referred to the Center for Sleep Disorders by their physicians
to help determine causes and treatments for several sleep-related disorders,
including the following:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Periodic Limb Movement
- Circadian Rhythm Disorder
Most sleep disorders are diagnosed with a sleep study, which generally
involves an overnight stay at the Center for Sleep Disorders. During your
stay, your sleep patterns and behaviors, including brain waves, eye movements,
and muscle activity, are observed for analysis. Sleep studies provide
the tools for physicians to diagnose sleep disorders and provide appropriate
Multiple Sleep Latency Testing
Multiple Sleep Latency Testing, or MSLT, is a nap test designed to determine
a person’s level of daytime sleepiness. It is often used to help
diagnose certain sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, or to determine
the effectiveness of sleep disorder treatment. It usually consists of
several twenty-minute nap opportunities scheduled about two hours apart
and is done during the day.