May 11, 2021
About 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Methodist Hospital recently opened a brand new sleep center, located at 4330 Medical Drive, to help patients rest better and avoid serious health risks through diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
The demand for sleep studies at Methodist Hospital has significantly increased over the past couple of years. Patients were referred to nonlocal sleep labs for their studies, and space limitations meant some people weren’t quickly being accommodated. In partnership with Vital Sleep, The Center for Sleep at Methodist Hospital helps expand sleep medicine and diagnostic testing in San Antonio and throughout Texas, alleviating the need to travel far from home.
The center has a fully-equipped diagnostic sleep lab that conducts a variety of tests using the latest medical technology to assist physicians in the evaluation and treatment of patients with sleep disorders or problems such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and sleepwalking.
“The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has increased over the years. Given that we now know that untreated sleep apnea is an independent cardiovascular risk factor, it has become essential to identify and effectively manage OSA to achieve optimal population health,” commented Misha Peter, MD, Medical Director of The Center for Sleep at Methodist Hospital.
The eight-bed specialized care center provides testing to patients of all ages with various sleeping disorders that affect their health and well-being. The center was designed with patients’ comfort in mind; each private room feels more like a hotel, with amenities such as in-suite restrooms, television, and a hallway kitchen space where guests can get refreshments.
Some people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight gain and memory issues don’t realize that sleep disorders may contribute to these health conditions. Patients who are experiencing persistent, loud snoring; muscle soreness or weakness; difficulty falling asleep; restless sleep; or have recently gained weight and are morbidly obese should consider a sleep study.
“The new sleep lab is a necessary and welcome addition to the city of San Antonio, supported by the exceptional level of healthcare provided by Methodist Hospital,” commented Dr. Peter. “We are proud to be able to offer this facility to accommodate our city's growing needs.”
The Center for Sleep at Methodist Hospital is located at 4330 Medical Drive, Suite 140. For more information, please call (210) 575-9100.