About the Sleep Center
The Sleep Disorders Center can help diagnose and manage most sleep disorders, including those of children 18 months and older. We offer clinical evaluation for problems related to daytime sleepiness and disturbed sleep. If indicated by the referring physician's evaluation, polysomnographic testing (sleep studies) can be undertaken for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea.
Our sleep studies are conducted in private rooms with a bathroom, television and Tempur-Pedic® beds. The procedure is painless and is monitored by our Respiratory Therapy Sleep Center staff. Our staff includes a medical director, a pediatric medical director, a clinical coordinator, a clinical supervisor and eight respiratory therapy sleep technicians.
This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Read more »
Sleep center physicians
The Sleep Disorders Center’s medical director, Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP, is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine. She is the current president of the Sleep Institute of the American College of Chest Physicians, a past president of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, a board member of the National Sleep Foundation, a past member of the National Center of Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), and a recipient of an NIH Sleep Academic Award. Dr. Phillips has been practicing sleep medicine since 1982.
Additionally, Dr. Phillips serves on the Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), as a consultant to the National Board of Respiratory Care and as immediate past Chair of the Steering Committee of the Sleep Institute of the ACCP. She is a past-chairman of the National Sleep Foundation and the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and has served on the boards of the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Medical Advisory Board of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the advisory board to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She has received a Sleep Academic Award from the National Institutes of Health and an Excellence in Education Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Anil Gopinath, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. Dr. Gopinath completed his sleep medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. His research interests include heart rate variability during sleep in patients with cardiopulmonary disease and in those who are critically ill.
Stefanie Torres, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. Dr. Torres completed her sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami, FL. Her clinical interest focuses on sleep disordered breathing.
The latest in sleep disorder diagnostic technology and the leading sleep medicine professionals ensure that the center offers the best of care for those suffering with sleep problems. Contact your primary care physician to request a medical referral to UK Good Samaritan Sleep Disorders Center.
If you do not have a primary care physician or if you have any other questions, please contact us at 859-226-7006 or fax us at 859-226-7008.
UK Good Samaritan Sleep Disorders Center | Directions »
310 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
Hours of operation/technical staff available
Mon.- Sat., 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Business office hours
Mon.- Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
An estimated 12 percent of all American adults and 20 percent of children suffer from sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are often not taken seriously enough. Loud snoring and daytime sleepiness may be warning signs of conditions that may cause accidents due to daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea. Summarized below are the most common sleep disorders and their warning signs.
Sleep apnea is the momentary, repetitive cessation of breathing during sleep. These interruptions in breathing can occur up to hundreds of times a night, causing sleep disruption and repeated falls in blood oxygen levels.
Warning signs include:
- Snoring or witnessed stoppages in breathing during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or difficulty going to sleep
- High blood pressure
- Morning headaches
- Loss of sex drive
- Weight gain
- Dry or sore throat in the morning
Narcolepsy is a rare condition marked by excessive sleepiness at inappropriate times, which can be disabling and even dangerous.
Related symptoms and warning signs include:
- Vivid nightmares or hallucinations when falling asleep or waking up
- Paralysis when falling asleep or awakening
- A feeling of "going limp" when angry or surprised
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Disturbed or fragmented sleep
Insomnia is the inability to sleep and/or abnormal wakefulness. Symptoms may include:
- Depression or stress
- Disturbing thoughts while trying to sleep
- Waking during the night with difficulty going back to sleep
- Lying awake for more than half an hour before falling asleep
A few of the treatments available include:
- Positive airway pressure devices - This is a highly-effective therapy that uses air pressure to prop the airway open during sleep. Positive airway pressure machines work by pumping room air through a hose to a mask that fits over the nose or the nose and mouth. The mask is held in place with straps around the head.
- Oral appliances - These devices work to keep the airway open by holding the tongue or jaw forward, increasing the airway space behind the tongue. They can be effective for people who have mild to moderate apnea. An experienced dentist associated with a sleep disorders center or laboratory usually fits these appliances.
- Surgery - Although rarely effective in adults, surgery may be useful treatment for sleep apnea in children.
Behaviors that promote healthy sleep
- Maintain a normal weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid alcohol within four hours of bedtime. Alcohol appears to trigger apneas in people who would otherwise merely snore, and also interferes with the ability to maintain sleep.
- Avoid chronic use of sleeping pills. Sleeping pills depress breathing and generally make sleep apnea worse.
- Avoid caffeine within six hours of bedtime.
- Avoid smoking close to bedtime.
- Go to bed only when sleepy.
- Get up at the same time every day.
Don't take the risk of having a sleep disorder go undiagnosed. If you or someone you know believes a sleep disorder exists, check with your physician to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for a sleep study.
In addition, the UK Good Samaritan Sleep Disorders Center can refer patients for cognitive behavioral therapy, or prescribe medication, if appropriate.
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