Southwestern Medical Center’s Sleep Services receives program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). SWMC is the only Sleep Services program in Southwest Oklahoma to become AASM accredited. To view the latest article in the Lawton Constitution, Click Here.
The Sleep Center at Southwestern Medical Center specializes in helping patients who may have sleep disorders. The center is designed to be as comfortable as possible for patients who stay overnight so a sleep technician can monitor their sleep habits and record information for physicians to review for follow-up treatment and recommendations.
Good sleep is important for good health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65% of Americans report that they do not get enough sleep (most adults need six to eight hours). Sleep disorders are not just annoyances; they are serious health problems because they cause the oxygen content of the blood to drop to dangerously low levels, depriving the body and vital organs of oxygen. These negative effects can lead to poor job productivity and are contributing factors in motor vehicle accidents, weight gain, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, colds and flu, just to name a few. Sleep disorders can also strain emotions, family and job relationships, social encounters, and lead to greater health problems if left untreated. Those with sleep problems may think or move more slowly, make more mistakes or have memory difficulties.
Common Sleep Disorders
- Sleep apnea/snoring
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
- Other sleep disorders