Michigan Institute for Sleep Medicine
Outpatient Center Information
Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep at night, although some people need less than four and others need more than 10. For many people, sleep is not an easy or satisfying experience. According to the American Sleep Disorders Association, some 40 million Americans are chronically ill with sleep disorders, which cost American society over $50 billion per year; and an astonishing 95 percent of those cases remain undiagnosed.
The Michigan Institute for Sleep Medicine addresses the needs of patients who suffer from one or more of the 88 officially recognized sleep disorders, such as:
Sleep apnea and snoring: The most common sleep disorder is a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which is marked by snoring and irregular breathing during sleep. The person with sleep apnea actually stops breathing many times during the night. Not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, but if you have a history of snoring and of holding your breath during sleep, and if you suffer from chronic daytime drowsiness, you should discuss it with your family physician.
- Myoclonus (leg jerks)
- Night terrors
- REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
The National Sleep Foundation offers excellent information about specific sleep disorders at www.sleepfoundation.org/disorder.html.
The specialists at the Michigan Institute for Sleep Medicine are specially trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. Patients are seen by a physician who is a board-certified sleep specialist.
At the first appointment, the physician performs a sleep evaluation, which includes a history and physical examination to look for obstruction or narrowing of the airways. Based on all of the information from the evaluation, the physician may order an overnight sleep study and possibly a nap study the following day.
A board-certified sleep specialist interprets the studies and can give the patient a better understanding of his or her problem. The specialist then develops a treatment plan that is best for the patient.
Treatment of Sleep Disorders
Many sleep disorders can be treated effectively once they have been accurately diagnosed. Some conditions may require a change in daily habits and working schedule. Others may require medication, weight loss, or possibly surgery. When sleep apnea is present, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be necessary to diminish the serious health risks.
Physician: Bradley Rowens, MD
Location: Providence Medical Center-Providence Park
47601 Grand River Avenue, Novi MI 48374
Sleep disorders are recognized as medical problems. Individual insurance carriers, however, vary in reimbursement policies. It is suggested that each patient contact his or her carrier prior to testing. The Institute's staff will make every effort to help you with insurance questions. When you come for your appointment, please bring your insurance card, referral form and any forms to be completed.
For an Appointment
If a sleep problem is keeping you or someone you know from a more productive life, ask your physician about the Michigan Institute for Sleep Medicine.
You or your personal physician can initiate a request for a sleep evaluation simply by calling the Michigan Institute for Sleep Medicine, at (248) 465-4290, for information. A sleep study must be ordered by a sleep specialist.
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