Jackson Hole Sleep Disorder Center
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Far too many people underestimate the value of sleep. A good night’s
rest is not just something that helps you get through the day, it is a
vital part of your health. If you consistently have difficulty sleeping
through the night, you are at risk of developing severe health conditions
like heart disease and clinical depression. At St. John’s Medical
Center, we want to help you obtain the peaceful sleep you deserve.
For more information, call St. John's Sleep Disorder Center at 307.739.7305
The Sleep Disorder Center at St. John's Medical Center is Wyoming's
first sleep disorder center in Wyoming 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 physicians board certified in internal
medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine. We are also equipped
with an on-site Sleep Lab for diagnostic testing.
- Examples of Common Sleep Disorders
Insomnia – This is a common condition experienced by 1 in 5 Americans nearly
every night. You may have insomnia if you have difficulty falling asleep,
wake frequently during the night, wake up early and cannot get back to
sleep, or feel lethargic during the day. Often caused by stress, anxiety,
depression, disease, or medications.
Sleep Apnea – If people in your household have complained about your loud snoring,
you may want to be checked for sleep apnea. This condition is 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 conservatively
estimated that ten million remain undiagnosed.
Circadian Rhythm Disruption – Your circadian rhythm is your body’s internal schedule for
sleeping. When this is disrupted, you may find yourself awake at odd hours
and sleeping during the day. This condition is 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 - Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects an estimated
200,000 Americans. Individuals with narcolepsy can randomly fall asleep
at odd times. This can be a very dangerous condition as it is very possible
someone could fall asleep while driving a car or other precarious situations.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) – More than 4 million Americans feel an abnormal sense of discomfort
in their legs while trying sleep. The sensation is constant and might
not disappear without standing up and walking around, making sleep near
Treating Sleep Disorders
Once your sleep disorder has been diagnosed, the medical team will start
working with you to find out what’s causing it and the best way
to treat it. Sleep disorders can often be treated with lifestyle changes,
including medication, better diet, exercise, and stress management.
In your frustration with your sleep disorder, you may have searched the
internet and read about similar treatments that proved ineffectual. The
difference here is that the treatment prescribed will be customized specifically
for your condition and lifestyle. We do not hand you a list of things
that could help and walk you out the door. Our team cares about what they
do and helping patients. We can follow up on your condition and continuously
tailor treatment to make sure it addresses the root of your problem.