The Sleep Disorder Center at St. John's Medical Center is Wyoming's first sleep disorder center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We offer monthly consultation clinics for individuals who may be affected by a sleep disorder, including sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. The center is run by physician specialists Dr. Kevin Shilling , board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine, from the Intermountain Sleep Disorder Center at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, and Dr. Robert Mazzola , board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, from Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT, the St. John's Sleep Disorder Center includes the services of an on-site Sleep Lab for diagnostic testing.
Examples of Common Sleep Disorders
- Insomnia - characterized by difficulty falling asleep, waking frequently during the night, waking early and not getting back to sleep, and waking feeling unrefreshed. Often caused by stress, anxiety, depression, disease, or medications. Experienced by 1 in 5 Americans nearly every night.
- Sleep Apnea - characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, loud snoring, and excessive daytime sleepiness (i.e., falling asleep easily and sometimes inappropriately). Untreated, this disorder can be life threatening; consequences may include high blood pressure and other cardiovascular complications. More than twelve million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and it is estimated conservatively that ten million remain undiagnosed.
- Circadian Ryhthm Disruption - often experienced by shift workers, symptoms of this disorder include memory and concentration difficulties and impaired job performance, stomach problems (especially heartburn and indigestion), menstrual irregularities, colds and flu, weight gain, high blood pressure and heart problems
- Narcolepsy - characterized by sudden, uncontrollable episodes of sleep at inappropriate times, such as while having dinner, talking, driving or working; chronic neurological disorder that affects an estimated 200,000 Americans
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) - marked by uncomfortable leg sensations that occur continually while the body is at rest. It may be a central nervous system disorder and occasionally is associated with iron-deficiency anemia, pregnancy or diabetes. RLS is the basic cause of sleep deprivation for up to an estimated 4 million adult Americans.