Sleep, or the lack of it is always in the news. Those cherished uninterrupted seven hours can be hard to come by, and for those that think they may have a sleep deprivation problem, Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) may have a solution.

Sleep, or the lack of it is always in the news. Those cherished uninterrupted seven hours can be hard to come by, and for those that think they may have a sleep deprivation problem, Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) may have a solution. The trick is to get checked out. The experts say if you experience fatigue or excessive daytime sleepiness, a family member says the walls rattle from snoring, or headaches and dry mouth in the morning are all possible symptoms—signs that you may have a sleep disorder.
Fortunately, with two locations in Rolla and Waynesville, PCRMC can provide diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for patients with a full range of sleep-related problems. Both locations are accredited with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In addition, PCRMC offers home sleep testing.
About 50 million to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association, and a majority of adults think their sleep-related issues are not serious enough to seek the services of a sleep specialist. According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, 40 percent of adults in the United States report that they are so sleepy during the day, it negatively affects their daily activities.
Some of the more common sleep disorders seen in patients at PCRMC’s Sleep Center include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, narcolepsy and periodic limb movements. Poor quality sleep can often lead to accidents, injuries and other health issues, such as impaired cognition and many chronic diseases.
With one or more of these problems, the first step is to contact a primary care physician. The doctor will use screening tools, such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale or the STOP-Bang questionnaire, to help assess a patient’s condition.
In certain cases, assessments of the heart and lung functions may be necessary. Depending on the results of these tests, the physician may refer the patient to the PCRMC Sleep Center.
 At PCRMC’s Sleep Center, staff can conduct diagnostic polysomnography studies, electroencephalographs (EEGs) that measure the electrical activity of your brain, and CPAP/BiPAP (continuous positive airway pressure/bi-level positive airway pressure) fitting and titration.
PCRMC’s Sleep Center staff is comprised of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and Registered Respiratory Therapists–Sleep Disorder Specialists, who are all credentialed. The Sleep Center partners with board-certified sleep specialist Dr. Terrence Coulter and Melanie Chisam, PA, who see patients twice a month at the PCRMC Medical Office Building.
“We are fortunate to have this clinical expertise and a board-certified specialist who provide high-quality care,” says Cheryl Hoerr, director of respiratory and sleep services at PCRMC.
The Sleep Center has four beds in Rolla and two in Waynesville, and sleep studies are conducted Mondays through Fridays, according to Amy Yates, lead technologist with the PCRMC Sleep Center. While most sleep studies occur at night, PCRMC offers daytime tests for those who work nights.
During sleep studies, patients can expect their breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels, brain waves and leg movements to be monitored. PCRMC’s Sleep Center offers a variety of nasal or full-face masks, and staff can help patients find the right one to wear.
The Sleep Center rooms are private and include amenities such as televisions, large walk-in showers, queen-sized adjustable beds with memory foam mattresses and free access to high-speed Wi-Fi.
PCRMC’s Sleep Center is located near the East Entrance of the hospital in Rolla as well as lower level of the Waynesville Medical Plaza.
Sleep studies are provided by physician referral only, so talk to a primary care doctor first. For more information about the PCRMC Sleep Center, call 573-458-7650.