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Whether celebrating a birth or treating an illness, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System recognizes that each patient has a unique story to tell. Our My Story campaign allows patients an opportunity to tell their stories.

 

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Neighborhood “Mom” appreciates family, faith and health

Lorraine Alls lives her life by a simple code, “If you have it, you give it.” As a child, the New Jersey native saw this creed personified in her parents, who taug [ ... ]

Fall Health Talk Series: Spine Health, Well Woman Care, Diabetes

This fall, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is offering three community Health Talk events that are each free and open to the public. Wednesday, September 21
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Faith communities are invited to join the AppFaithHealth Program

Area faith leaders came together at Watauga Medical Center on Thursday to discuss the AppFaithHealth program, which helps congregations and the healthcare system work tog [ ... ]

Basic Life Support Skills Check Session
Sep 27, 2016
06:00PM - 07:00PM
Heartsaver CRP/AED Skills Check
Sep 27, 2016
07:00PM - 07:30PM
First Aid Skills Check Session
Sep 27, 2016
07:30PM - 08:00PM
Masquerade Fundraiser
Oct 03, 2016
08:00AM - 06:00PM
Masquerade Fundraiser
Oct 04, 2016
08:00AM - 04:00PM
Health Talk | Elements of Well Woman Care
Oct 05, 2016
08:00AM -
A Blowing Rock story: Connected at birth, together through life

Few relationships in life are more meaningful than those established at birth. This was certainly the case for Lorrine Miller, when in September 1951 she was delivered by Dr.  [ ... ]

A behind the scenes look at the hospital after dark

Few patients when entering the hospital consider all of the “behind the scenes” staff working on their behalf. Sure, the obvious examples come to mind like doctors [ ... ]

Piano playing nurse makes life better for patients at Watauga Medical Center

Many thoughts come to mind when contemplating a trip to the hospital. Where should I park? What time is surgery? Will the cafeteria food be good? Fortunately, for patients at  [ ... ]

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Sleep Center - Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

The Sleep Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is the comprehensive sleep health services program in the High Country. 

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is a comprehensive test that monitors brain activity, oxygen levels, heart rhythms, limb and breathing movements during a person’s normal sleep hours. The goal is to evaluate the brain and body activity to determine if any sleep disorders are present. The sleep team, comprised of physicians and technologists trained in sleep disorder medicine, reviews the data that is collect and determines a treatment plan.

For more information, call (828) 266-1179 or contact your primary care physician.

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Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a self-administered questionnaire to measure a person's level of sleepiness during the day. The sleepiness scale has become the world standard method for assessing how much sleep a person is getting.

If you are feeling more sleepy during the day, please complete the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire. We recommend contacting the ARHS Sleep Center if you score a 9 or above on the sleepiness scale.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire (PDF)

Common Sleep Disorders

The number of sleep disorders identified by sleep experts runs into the hundreds. Below is the list of the most common sleep disorders that we can diagnose and treat.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Snoring
  • Chronic Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
  • Shift Work Sleep Disorder
  • Sleepwalking
  • Nocturnal Seizures

Sleep is essential for a health lifestyle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep has been linked to a number of chronic disease and conditions. The CDC recommends most adults need 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night.

Symptoms to watch for are:

  • Chronic daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Chronic or loud snoring
  • Witnessed pauses in breathing while sleeping
  • Restless or non-refreshing sleep
  • Leg jerking before falling asleep or while asleep
  • Chronic difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Difficulty adjusting your sleep cycle to a desired wake-up time

Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

  1. Maintain a regular wake time, even on days off work and on weekends.
  2. Exercise regularly. Confine vigorous exercise to early in the day, at least six hours before bedtime.
  3. Avoid drinking caffeine six hours before bedtime.
  4. Establish relaxing pre-sleep rituals such as a warm bath, light bedtime snack, or ten minutes of reading.
  5. Don't use alcohol to help you fall asleep. While alcohol may help you fall asleep more quickly, it severely affects the quality of sleep later in the night and may even keep you from sleeping through the night.