Sleep Disorders Center of Mississippi

Located on the first floor of Baptist Medical Center, the Sleep Disorders Center of Mississippi offers the latest technology and expertise in evaluating sleep disorders. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Disorders Center has a medical director who is board certified in Sleep Disorders and Pulmonary Medicine, a team of Sleep Center physicians, and a staff of registered respiratory therapists and polysomnographers.

These highly trained professionals utilize state-of-the-art technology to monitor sleep patterns, breathing, heart activity and body movements by the patient during sleep.

A sleep study can help determine whether you suffer from a sleep disorder. A polysomnogram is a sleep study that allows professionals to monitor and evaluate brain and heart activity, eye and chin movement, respiration and airflow processes, and oxygen levels in the blood.

One or two overnight evaluations may be required for this painless procedure. Surface electrodes attached to the skin, video and still photography are used to collect information.

Sleep evaluations are covered by most insurance. Most third-party carriers recognize a diagnosis from the Sleep Disorders Center of Mississippi as an acceptable medical procedure and cover most of the cost. To be certain of your coverage and to handle any required preadmission certifications, contact your insurance representative.

Could You Have a Sleep Disorder? 

4 in 10 Mississippians suffer from sleep disorders. They're tired in the morning. Extremely sleepy during the day. They're irritable, find it hard to concentrate, and generally feel out of it. They hear complaints that they snore, gasp for air and seem to stop breathing through the night.

They know they have trouble sleeping, but they likely don't realize they suffer from a sleep disorder.That's not surprising since the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is a fairly recent medical development. In fact, the Sleep Disorders Center of Mississippi finds most of its patients have never heard of any sleep disorder by name except insomnia.

Sleep disorders vary in type but have one thing in common: each inhibits the sound, restorative rest our bodies need to function and remain healthy.

In fact, the quality of our sleep, which makes up one-third of our lives, affects the quality of the other important two-thirds: our waking hours. If deep sleep and rest do not occur nightly, serious physical and psychological consequences can result.

That's why it's important to watch for these symptoms of a sleep disorder:

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Snoring
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight problems
  • Personality changes

Types of Sleep Disorders 

Sleep apnea 

Sleep apnea is one of the most common disorders and is potentially life threatening. The sleep apnea sufferer temporarily stops breathing during sleep, due to an obstruction or narrowing of air passages causing a temporary collapse of the airway, resulting in loud snoring, choking or gasping.

Obstructive sleep apnea 

Obstructive sleep apnea is serious because it is associated with high blood pressure, increase risk of stroke or heart attack, personality changes, rapid weight gain and excessive daytime sleepiness which can cause accidents.


Narcolepsy causes the sufferer to fall asleep regardless of what is going on. An inherited disease, it is marked by extreme daytime sleepiness and muscular weakness. Usually beginning in young adulthood, narcolepsy may involve episodes of cataplexy where partial or total paralysis occurs unexpectedly during moments of anger, laughter, surprise or stress. The unpredictable nature of the disorder makes driving or operating dangerous machinery hazardous.


Insomnia symptoms include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The disorder may be caused by illness, alcohol or drug abuse, or a variety of other problems. The latest medical science suggests that 40 percent of insomnia is caused by physical disorders in no way connected to psychological problems.

Nocturnal myoclonus 

Noctornal myoclonus involves frequent leg movements and jerks that awaken the individual hundreds of times during sleep. Insomnia and/or excessive sleepiness result.

Should you have an evaluation?

If the symptoms of sleep disorders seem to fit you or your loved one, contact us by calling 601-968-1157 (in Jackson) or 1-800-543-6583 (in Mississippi toll free).

Click here to view a videocast featuring Pulmonologist William Frazier, MD. Dr. Frazier gives viewers an overview of the Sleep Disorders Center of Mississippi. He explains different sleep disorders and treatment options.

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