The Indiana University Health Blackford Sleep Disorders Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea - a condition where the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses, blocking airflow during sleep. Other sleep disorders include narcolepsy and chronic insomnia. In addition, several health conditions such as restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, heartburn, COPD, asthma, or nasal allergies can be underlying causes of disruptive sleep.
Before being scheduled for a test or study, patients must be referred by their physician. Once registered, patients enter one of two rooms designed for optimal sleep comfort. Each room has room-darkening shades, individual temperature controls, and noise reduction barriers to encourage sleep.
Most patients are monitored throughout the evening with sensors that evaluate 16 different body functions, including the heart, lungs, brain, muscle movements, air flow, and blood oxygen level. Patients typically arrive at 8 pm and leave the following morning, although some may be monitored longer.
Sudarshan Komanapalli, MD, FCCP, serves as the IU Health Blackford Sleep Disorders Center Medical Director. To schedule an appointment, please call 765.331.2123. For general information about the IU Health Blackford Sleep Disorders Center, call 800.363.7843.