Sleep Disorder Center
Trouble getting your zzzs?
STRMC Sleep Disorder Center can help
For some people, getting to sleep is the biggest challenge of a long day. The good news: South Texas Regional Medical Center’s (STRMC) Heart & Lung Center is the new home of the Sleep Disorder Center. The center treats people suffering from sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleepwalking and sleep terrors.
Patients may be referred to the Sleep Center by their primary care physicians. Once at the center, patients are examined to determine whether a sleep disorder is present or not. Patients with abnormal sleep patterns can undergo an overnight sleep test. The team determines the overnight sleep pattern and whether or not the patient is dreaming. Wires taped to the patient measure heart and brain activity, breathing patterns, leg movements and oxygen levels. Those who have problems with daytime sleeping may undergo a nap study in which they sleep for 20 minutes, stay awake for 20 minutes, etc.
After the night of sleep the team evaluates more than 1,000 pages of electronic data for abnormal sleeping behavior. The physician meets with the patient to determine a diagnosis and treatment.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, see your family physician or contact the Sleep Disorder Center for a comprehensive approach to help you rest well. STRMC’s Sleep Medicine Specialist, Nasir Syed, M.D., has an office in Suite 110 of the Steinle Professional Building in Jourdanton. To contact the Sleep Disorder Center call 830-769-3515.