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Sleep Medicine

Our Sleep Medicine team uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat sleep disorders at a variety of locations throughout the community. 

To schedule an appointment, call 216-778-5864.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for so many reasons, not just because it affects how you feel in the morning. Your sleep health affects your total health. Sleep problems impact your heart health, metabolism, brain function and endocrine system. Now more than ever, it’s important to do all that you can to remain healthy.

MetroHealth's Sleep Medicine team consists of dedicated nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and board-certified physicians who are focused on ensuring that you get a good night's rest. 

MetroHealth’s Center for Sleep Medicine has facilities accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and includes accredited locations at our main campus, and our hotel sites located in Beachwood, Independence, and Middleburg Heights. Our team is involved in education and research that benefits people around the world.

Our Sleep Medicine team uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat all sleep disorders. A simple treatment can make a huge difference—often without medication. No matter what kind of sleep problems you're experiencing, you'll receive individualized, patient-centered care.

We conduct sleep studies for kids and adults at several locations. Sleep studies are safe to do even during COVID-19. We are taking every precaution during the pandemic to provide a safe and comfortable experience. 

Please ask about your options when scheduling your appointment.

Sleep Conditions We Treat

  • Sleep apnea: People with this sleep disorder experience unusual breathing patterns while they sleep. 
  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or waking too early characterizes this condition.
  • Excessive Sleepiness (such as Narcolepsy): People with this disorder have trouble staying awake, and in severe cases, they may suddenly fall asleep during the day.
  • Parasomnias: Involuntary, abnormal behaviors during sleep, like sleepwalking, are part of these sleep disorders. 
  • Sleep-related Movement Disorders (such as Restless Legs Syndrome): People with these disorders may have unusual movements in and around sleep. In Restless Legs Syndrome, they experience unusual sensations in the legs, often while they're trying to relax or sleep. 
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders (such as Shift Work Disorder): People with these disorders find their internal clocks not in tune with normal day-night rhythm.  Unusual work schedules (shift work) may make it hard to sleep.  

Personalized Treatment

Prior to your first visit, you will be given a sleep questionnaire to complete. Additional questionnaires and testing may be needed.  Pinpointing the source of sleep problems can be complicated and often requires unique tests, including but not limited to a sleep study (polysomnogram or home sleep study).

If you provider orders a polysomnogram, we will ask you to come to one of our sleep laboratory locations. You sleep overnight in a private room while we record your nighttime sleep patterns. To do this, our technicians attach electrodes to your head and body to monitor brain waves, muscle movements, breathing, snoring, and heart rate. Soft belts around your chest and waist monitor breathing. A sensor attached to your finger keeps track of heart rate and blood oxygen levels.   For some individuals, a more limited sleep study that can be performed in the home can be offered.

During the follow-up appointment, your sleep medicine provider will discuss any test findings and next steps. These could include a variety of treatment options, depending on your condition, ranging from counseling / improving your sleep hygiene, snoring remedies, medications, surgery or getting a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. 

If you are found to have breathing problems in sleep, you may be prescribed a CPAP device. A CPAP machine sends a steady flow of pressurized air to your airway, so your airway stays open and your body has enough oxygen while you're sleeping. Most CPAP machines are smaller than a shoebox, and most people use a mask that covers only the nose. 

Patients on CPAP or BPAP Who Become Ill

 

Sleep Studies are Safe During COVID-19

If your physician recommends a sleep study, we encourage you to do it. Sleep studies are safe, even during COVID-19. We offer sleep studies at our Main Campus and at hotels in four convenient locations across Cuyahoga County.

We take the following precautions to keep you safe during a sleep study:

  • Cleaning and Sanitizing: we are treating hotel room as if they’re hospital spaces; we clean every surface with hospital-grade cleaning before and after every sleep study
  • PPE: our staff wear appropriate personal protection equipment
  • Private rooms: all sleep study rooms are private with minimal staff contact throughout the night
  • Social distancing: during check in and check out, we maintain social distancing guidelines

We see patients referred to clinic at our main campus and our satellite locations. We have four sites where we perform sleep studies:

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine (adults and children)
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland OH 44109

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine – South Campus (adults only)
Marriott Residence Inn Independence 
5101 West Creek Road
Independence OH 44131

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine
Aloft Cleveland Beachwood
1010 Eaton Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine
Sonesta, Middleburg Heights
17525 Rosbough Blvd.
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

To schedule an appointment, call 216-778-5864.

 

Our Doctors/Medical Providers

Dennis H. Auckley, MD

Dennis H. Auckley, MD

Division Director of Pulmonary Medicine

Pulmonary, Sleep, and Critical Care

72 ratings / 3 reviews
Mirna B. Ayache, MD

Mirna B. Ayache, MD

Pulmonary, Sleep, and Critical Care

128 ratings / 13 reviews
David J. Birnkrant, MD

David J. Birnkrant, MD

Division Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Pediatrics

39 ratings / 0 reviews
John C. Carter, MD

John C. Carter, MD

Pulmonary, Sleep, and Critical Care

151 ratings / 22 reviews