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Are you sleeping well?

Are you sleeping well? One in three Americans suffer from sleep-related issues. If you or someone you know suffers from a sleep disorder, there has never been a better time to find a solution. Lack of good sleep can be detrimental to one’s quality of life in many aspects. Untreated sleep disorders make it difficult to control other health conditions such as migraines, anxiety, depression, pain, and more. Poor sleep due to a disorder such as sleep apnea can also have negative effects on your social life, as you are too tired to participate in social activities. People who snore could also interrupt the sleep of their bed-partners!  Finally, sleep issues can lead to poor concentration, job performance, and lack of productivity.

 

My name is Dr. Sunil Goli. As the newest member of the Medical West Sleep Disorders Center, and board-certified in Sleep Medicine and Neurology, I cannot wait to help you get the best sleep of your life.

 

Prior to joining Medical West, I hosted a private practice for eight years. I have also   authored and co-authored several scholarly publications. I received my MD from Gandhi Medical College and completed my residency at the University of Oklahoma. I then made the Birmingham area my home during my fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

Myself and the staff at Medical West’s Sleep Disorders Center are equipped to diagnose and treat multiple sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movements, parasomnias, and narcolepsy. If you feel as though you are not resting as well as you should be or are excessively sleepy throughout the day, you may be suffering from a sleep condition.

 

A common sleep condition, sleep apnea, can put you at high risk for a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, and chronic fatigue. You may be at risk if you:

 

  • have been told that you snore
  • suddenly wake up gasping for air in the night
  • have been told that you stop breathing while sleeping
  • feel tired during the day even if you slept all night
  • have high blood pressure
  • wake up multiple times at night

If you are experiencing any of these above symptoms or signs, schedule an appointment for evaluation with me or speak to your primary care physician.Sleep studies, or polysomnographies, at the Medical West Sleep Center are designed around the patient’s well-being and peace of mind. All tests and treatments are performed on-site, and the diagnostic process is simple and non-invasive. EEG monitors are used to monitor your sleep stages in order to identify possible disruptions in your sleep pattern. The study will also measure eye movements, oxygen levels in the blood, body movement, breathing rates, and more. In addition, most sleep studies are covered by insurance.

The Medical West Sleep Disorders Center has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2010. Our center has four state-of-the-art testing suites, which are designed and decorated similar to an upscale hotel room. Each room has a queen size bed, flat screen television, night stand, recliner, contemporary artwork, and private bathroom with shower. We are able to fluctuate patients’ arrival/departure times to accommodate work schedules. We now offer Home Sleep Testing for patients that meet certain criteria, or if the patient’s insurance company requires unattended sleep testing. 

If you or someone you know may be suffering from a sleep condition, please call 205-481-8695 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you get the best sleep of your life!

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