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Learn About Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a brain disorder that causes persons to have poor control over sleep-wake cycles throughout the day. Someone with narcolepsy may experience daytime drowsiness or suddenly fall asleep during work, school or another part of the day.

At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Sleep Disorders Center, experienced sleep specialists can diagnose and treat this debilitating condition through two kinds of sleep studies. A polysomnogram (PSG) is performed overnight and a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) is performed over a series of short, daytime naps.

Bradley Keith Bittle, MD, FCCP, D-ABSM

Bradley Keith Bittle, MD, FCCP, D-ABSM

“We want to measure your heart and respiratory rates while you sleep and determine whether elements of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep are present during your daytime naps,” says Bradley K. Bittle, MD, FCCP, D-ABSM, pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Treatment can include both medication and lifestyle changes.”

To learn more about the Sleep Disorders Center, call 573-331-3000.

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