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Sleep center looks to improve your health

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Sleep specialist Charlie Brooks says about 30% of the population suffers from some sort of sleep disorder. Sleep specialist Charlie Brooks says about 30% of the population suffers from some sort of sleep disorder.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

About 30% of the population suffers from some sort of sleep disorder but most go undiagnosed, according to Charlie Brooks, the director of sleep and pulmonary services at the Tri-Star Medical Center Sleep Center at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Patients who visit the sleep center, located on the seventh floor of the hospital, stay the night in private bedrooms.

There, they are hooked up with about 20 leads to monitor their brain waves, heart rate and breathing level.

There is also a camera in the room so technicians can watch sleep patterns.

According to Brooks, not only can a patient's sleep habits be diagnosed, treatment methods are also identified.

"The biggest treatment we offer is what we call positive airwaves pressure.  Positive airwaves [are] really effective in pushing the airwaves back off the throat.  When that happens, then you breathe very normally and you get a good night's sleep," Brooks explained, adding that adequate sleep can affect your overall health.

He continued, "Congestive heart failure, Cornelia disease, there's Type II diabetes, there's stroke… all these things go along with [poor sleep habits]."

If your resolution is to lose weight, catch some extra Z's or kick that snoring habit, looking into your sleep habits can help.

Most insurance companies cover a patient's visit to a sleep center.

Read more at TriStarSummit.com.

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