Insufficient sleep can also be very dangerous, leading to serious or even fatal accidents. The Department of Transportation estimates that more than 200,000 annual auto accidents are sleep-related. Each year the Alabama Bureau of Labor Statistics attributes thousands of industrial and occupational accidents to employee sleep problems.

An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder and an alarming 95 percent of all sleep disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated. In recent years, medical research has unveiled effective sleep treatment methods that have restored people to happier, healthier, more productive lives.

Types of Sleep Disorders

Although some 84 different sleep disorders exist they generally fall into one of the following major categories:

  • Insomnia 
    Plaguing one out of three Americans to some degree, insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than desired
  • Sleep Apnea
    Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most frequently occurring sleep disorder. It is a life-threatening condition involving a collapse of the airway walls resulting in loud snoring and the inability to breath. Someone with obstructive sleep apnea may stop breathing an average of 20-30 seconds, many times during sleep. An estimated 38,000 annual cardiovascular deaths are due to sleep apnea.
  • Narcolepsy
    Narcolepsy is excessive daytime drowsiness with a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times regardless of activity or circumstance. It can manifest itself in mild or severe forms.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement
    Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and Periodic Limb Movement in Sleep (PLMS) are related disorders. RLS occurs only when a person is awake and is a voluntary response to uncomfortable or painful feelings in the limbs. PLMS occurs most often when a person is asleep and movements are unconscious.
Could You Benefit from a Sleep Study?

Take this Sleep Test  to see if you could benefit from a sleep study. It is designed to make you aware of symptoms that may be attributed to a sleep disorder. If you experience any of the following symptoms, check the box beside each number. 

Next Steps

If you show signs of any of the above disorders, make an appointment with your physician or call one of our Sleep Centers directly to learn about your options. Testing for sleep problems may include an overnight stay or a special daytime study. The study is conducted in one of our facilities, in a home-like setting and observed by a trained technician.

Baptist Health System Sleep Center Locations

Baptist Health Center – Hoover
Hoover, AL 
Citizens Baptist
Talladega, AL 
Princeton Baptist
Birmingham, AL 
Shelby Baptist
Birmingham, AL 

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