NATIONALLY ACCREDITED SLEEP LAB
at WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital
If a sleep disorder is impacting your daily quality of life, your primary care provider can make a referral for a sleep study. At the WVU Medicine Wetzel County Sleep Center, our experienced technologists conduct several types of overnight sleep studies that assess sleep stages, sleep related breathing problems, movements during sleep, as well as other problems which may occur during sleep.
Do you have persistent problems with:
- Falling asleep?
- Staying asleep at night?
- Staying awake during the day?
- Snoring excessively?
- Breathing disturbances?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit from the WVU Medicine Wetzel County Sleep Center. Research shows that an adequate amount of sleep is essential for good health. Most people fall asleep at night with ease and wake up refreshed for the next day, but approximately 20 percent of the general population suffers from some form of sleep disorder.
The Wetzel County Hospital Sleep Center evaluates and treats all sleep disturbances, including the following conditions and symptoms:
- Sleep apnea
- Daytime sleepiness
- Nocturnal myoclonus
- Nocturnal asthma/COPD
- REM sleep behavior disorders
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sleep disorders in the elderly
- Sleep study testing for children ages 16 and up
- Sleep studies– available 3 days a week
- Modern facilities
- Expanded sleep rooms with personal bathrooms
- Sleep Studies – home and night available
Dr. Mouhannad Azzouz, MD, is board certified in sleep medicine and has privileges in the Sleep Center to read studies remotely from WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial in Morgantown, WV. Our Sleep Center technician, Melanie Winters, is a registered polysomnographic technologist.
The Wetzel County Sleep Center is state-of-the-art and includes sleeping rooms with double beds, just like the comfort you would experience in your bedroom at home. Patients typically arrive at 9pm and are given the freedom to watch television, read, or do whatever their typical nighttime activities are. Our goal is to simulate a normal evening at home as closely as possible. The Sleep Center staff explains the process the patient will be going through, sensors are applied to the patient, and then lights out around 10 pm. The technicians remain outside the room at a monitoring station.
The Sleep Center rooms are monitored by closed circuit television and microphones to assure that all sleep-related activity is seen and recorded for complete evaluation. The sleep study is painless. A specially trained technologist will apply sensors to the head, face, chest, abdomen, and legs. State-of-the-art equipment monitors brain waves, eye movements, breathing, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and muscle activity during sleep. These functions can be normal while the individual is awake but abnormal during sleep. The referring physician will receive a complete sleep report, which defines and diagnoses the sleep-related problem and includes a recommended treatment plan.
Sleep disorders are recognized medical conditions that are covered by many insurance companies. Since insurance varies, check with your provider regarding your specific plan. For additional information on sleep disorders or to schedule a study, call 304-455-8000.