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Baptist Health Madisonville: Sleep Center Services

Neurologist JOHN MORI, MD describes how sleep studies are used to diagnose problems such as snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia, and explains how CPAP treatment works.

Sleep Center Services Health Talks Transcript

John Mori, MD

Sleep disorders are very common. Probably the two most common things that patients come into the sleep clinic for are breathing issues such as snoring or sleep apnea and insomnia. Sleep apnea can have long-term effects on brain health and heart health, and contributes to a long range of health problems.

Rick Martin, Madisonville

Even as a kid, I’m not sure that I slept that good because I had a lot of trouble. I would fall asleep in school, and I noticed I was going to sleep a lot if I stopped very long in traffic. I talked to the doctors, and there was a doctor here. I talked to him, and he said that I really needed to do a sleep study.

John Mori, MD


During a sleep study, someone will first be hooked up to a variety of wires or leads. Then they’re just prompted as much as possible to sleep as much as they can during the night time. The physician will then evaluate the quality of sleep and any effects on sleep at night that might need to be acted upon. There can be several different treatments for sleep apnea. The most common treatment is what’s called continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP therapy. This is a way to deliver pressure as air to stop snoring or breathing problems.

Rick Martin

The machine I use now is a smart machine. As soon as I started using it, I would breathe. I could sit on the edge of the bed and put it on and actually get so restful that I could fall asleep sitting on the edge of the bed. I sleep a lot better. I feel better in the morning when I get up. My mind is a lot sharper, I think. It’ll change your life. It really does. It’s amazing.