Leading-Edge Care in Birmingham - Helping You Sleep Soundly
Pulmonary & Sleep Associates of Jasper, P.C. and Jasper Summit Research, LLC collaborate on various sleep studies conducted in the sleep lab at The Rest of Your Life Sleep Evaluation Center in Jasper, AL.
The Rest of Your Life Sleep Evaluation Center
The environment here at The Rest of Your Life is soothing and inviting, with comfortable amenities and friendly, welcoming faces.
There is also a much more important reason why we are not hospital-based: Research shows sleep studies should be performed outside of a hospital environment for maximum effectiveness.
The PeopleThe heart of good healthcare really depends on the heart of the people practicing it. That’s why you’ll feel good about the professionals here at The Rest of Your Life.
The qualification afforded by our director and his team of certified technicians are equivalent or superior to those found in any accredited hospital-based or competing sleep center.
Our director, Dr. Jan Westerman, is dedicated to helping you overcome your sleep disorder. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians and has earned certification from four medical boards, including the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Because most sleep problems are actually breathing problems, you’ll be happy to know that he is also a board certified specialist in breathing disorders.
Dr. Westerman’s extensive medical background and routine participation in leading-edge sleep research allow him to use a scientific whole body approach when solving sleep problems. You’ll find him to be professional and caring. He’ll spend as much time as needed to answer your questions and to educate you on what you need to know about your particular sleep disorder-and how he can help you overcome it.
Today’s technological advances in sleep medicine have significantly improved the way sleep disorders are diagnosed. Here at The Rest of Your Life, We stay on the leading edge of our field. By using the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment, we can provide you with an accurate and highly detailed evaluation. Some of our advanced diagnostic capabilities include:
State-of-the-Art Digital Diagnostic Equipment: to ensure an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
Full-Night Digital Video Recording With Infrared Monitoring: to help correlate sleep behavior with a possible sleep problem, such as night-terrors and sleepwalking.
Complete Polysomnographic Study (PSG): to evaluate brain, eye and muscle movement, blood levels of oxygen, heart rate and rhythm, breathing effort, airflow through the mouth and nasal passages, snoring and chest and abdominal movement.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): helps diagnose narcolepsy and chronic fatigue, among other disorders.
Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT): measures your ability to stay awake in sleep-inducing circumstances.
Dynamic Nasopharyngoscopy: examines the upper airway to determine if there are any significant blockages.
Treating The Full Spectrum of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea: This potentially life-threatening disorder is linked to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart failure. Sleep apnea can cause you to involuntarily stop breathing for up to one minute while sleeping. Symptoms include loud snoring, pauses in breathing and daytime sleepiness. We can usually treat obstructive sleep apnea no surgically with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. The CPAP device, which we custom-fit for the greatest comfort, helps you breathe easy throughout the entire night.
Insomnia: If you have trouble falling asleep, find it nearly impossible to fall asleep during the night or wake up too early in the morning, you might suffer from insomnia. We can determine if your insomnia is associated with a medical or psychiatric problem and treat it accordingly.
Narcolepsy: If you suffer from narcolepsy, you’ll find yourself suffering from “sleep attacks.” These can occur even after you’ve had a full night’s sleep. Other symptoms include cataplexy, which is a sudden loss of muscle function, sleep paralysis and frightening hallucinations. Treatment methods include medication and brief daytime naps.
Hypersomnias: If you sleep too much during the night or day, you might suffer from hypersomnia. Symptoms of hypersomnia include sleeping in too late, chronic depression, chronic fatigue, feelings of jet-lag, circadian rhythm disorders or medical illnesses. We can address hypersomnias with advanced medications and lifestyle changes.
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS): If you stay up extremely late, for example until 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., and then sleep all morning and get up around noon, you may suffer from DSPS. This condition can cause daytime sleepiness and impaired performance at work or school. DSPS is very common in teenagers, young adults and college students.
Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS): This condition is characterized by falling asleep early, usually between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and waking up before dawn. If you suffer from ASPS, you may fall asleep at dinner parties and early evening social functions but may force yourself to stay awake later in evening. ASPS affect many adults over the age of 65.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS): This is an uncomfortable sleep disorder that causes cramping, burning and itching in the legs while resting or sitting for long periods of time. RLS can be so painful that is causes you to lose sleep, resulting in daytime drowsiness and insomnia. If you suffer from RLS, we may prescribe medication and recommend stretching to provide temporary relief. While RLS can affect children and pregnant women, most cases are diagnosed in people aged 50 and older.
Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS): People who suffer from PLMS experience involuntary and repetitive leg-jerking while sleeping. These movements can happen throughout the night and be a nuisance to your spouse. PLMS, like RLS, can cause daytime sleepiness and insomnia. We can treat PLMS with advanced medications and may also recommend specialized therapy before bedtime.
Parasomnias: These are abnormal physical behaviors that occur while you are sleeping. They include sleepwalking, night-terrors, rhythmic movement disorder, teeth-grinding, bed-wetting and REM behavior disorder. We can effectively treat parasomnias with advanced medications.
Poorly Controlled Medical Disorders Affected by Sleep: Medical disorders exacerbated by sleep problems include uncontrolled hypertension, asthma, ADHD, depression, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux, dementia and congestive heart failure.
The Rest of Your Life meets or exceeds the standards of accreditation set forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We ensure the quality of our procedures through adherence to established guidelines for appropriate patient care such as those presented by the AASM.
By establishing a privately owned, freestanding sleep laboratory, we provide a convenient, comfortable alternative to hospital-based sleep studies and at a much-reduced cost to you.
We keep our fees reasonable. We accept and file most insurances and welcome Medicare. And we offer no-interest private pay plans, too.
Centrally located here in Walker County, we offer convenient appointment times that are set around your schedule. Appointments are usually available the same week you call. And, depending on your referring doctor’s request, diagnosis and treatment can start immediately.
With our integrated state-of-the-art digitized polysomnographic equipment, your study can be scored and evaluated within just a couple of hours. Preliminary reports are promptly sent to your referring physician, often within 24 hours.
Since time is a commodity to the physicians, employers, hospitals and patients we serve, this is still another distinct advantage that we maintain over any of our hospital-based competitors.
For more information just give us a call at 205-387-7900. Or for an evaluation, call Dr. Westerman directly at 205-387-7555.
The Rest of Your Life Sleep Evaluation Center
It has been estimated that over 700 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. And sleep disorders can affect your life in many ways. They can be the cause of poor work or school performance, mood problems, lack of energy and the inability to concentrate.
Left untreated, sleep disorders can even pose serious threats to your health. Some sleep disorders can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
These are just a few of the many reasons you should visit The Rest of Your Life if you suspect that you or a loved one might have a sleep disorder. Recommended by healthcare providers across Walker County, our leading-edge methods have helped many area residents to sleep safely and soundly.
A Few Words from Some Well-Rested Patients
“I’m a confirmed believer in Dr. Westerman… I would recommend him to somebody that had any sort of sleep disorder without reservation.”
- Randall Watts, Jasper, AL
“I owe the man my life. I can easily say that I’ve recommended hundreds of patients there.”
- Dr. Jerald Sherer, Jasper, AL
“Dr. Westerman is not only a brilliant doctor; he’s also a caring doctor. He cares about his patients.”
- Nelda Barton, Jasper, AL
“…Any time we run across somebody that’s got any kind of respiratory problems, we tell them to go see Dr. Westerman. He’s just a good doctor, period.”
- William Barton, Jasper, AL
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Please consult with your physician about the benefits of having a sleep study.
Do you snore?
Are you unable to stay awake during the day?
Do you wake up with a headache in the morning?
Do you wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe or gasping for air?
Do you have sudden episodes of loss of muscle control, especially during emotional situations?
Do your legs jerk at night or feel restless?
Do you ever feel unable to move when falling asleep or waking up?
Do you have problems falling asleep and staying asleep?
Have you gained a lot of weight in a short time?
Are you experiencing difficulty concentrating or remembering things?
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you.
Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing
Sitting and reading
Sitting in a public place
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down in the afternoon when time permits
Sitting and talking to someone
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
Interpretation of Your Score
If your total is 10 or greater, you may have an abnormal amount of excessive sleepiness. Further medical evaluation is recommended.
In Lab Sleep Study
This test involves an estimated 6 hours of data collection, with one hour of preparation. Arrive at 8pm and plan to be at our center until around 6am the next morning. Your study may be an all night diagnostic study or may be a split night or a titration during which you will be asked to wear a mask to determine a pressure that may be needed to stop your sleep apnea. You will follow up with the doctor at 6:30am following your test.
Reschedule or Cancel Your Sleep Study
While we will make every effort to confirm your sleep study, you should call us at 205-387-7900 at least 72 hours before your sleep study if you will be late or you must cancel your appointment. If you miss your appointment or fail to cancel within 72 hours notice, you will be charged $25 for the test, since we have reserved a space for you, which involved staffing of technicians (your insurance does not cover this).
Arrive at Sleep Center
Do not arrive before 8pm. Please enter in the front of the building.
If you have physical or mental disabilities or for whatever reason are unable to provide your own care, you MUST bring a caregiver with you to the sleep center and plan to have them remain for the duration of the study. The technologists cannot lift patients, dispense medications or provide one on one care. If you arrive at the center without a caregiver, the technologist may decline to do the study. There is a recliner in each room where your caregiver can rest during the night.
Insurance & Payment
While we will contact your insurance company to verify coverage for your sleep study, we urge you to also call your insurance company to obtain your benefits for a sleep study. If you have any questions or concerns regarding insurance or billing, we will assist you in any way that we are able to with the information we obtained from your insurance provider.
Transportation & Safety
Your safety is important to us. If you are experiencing any sleepiness as a result of your sleep problems, please have someone drive you home from your test.
If this study involves a child 5-16 years of age, we want his or her stay to be as friendly and comfortable as possible. For that reason, a parent or guardian must stay with the child throughout the test. Adolescents over 16 may or may not a guardian to stay. The technologist will decide if they feel they need a parent to stay.
Electrodes will be placed on your head and body. For them to remain in place and function properly, your skin must be clean and dry. Please do not apply any skin moisturizers, creams or oils. Your hair also must be clean and dry. After shampooing your hair, do not apply any hairdressing such as hair spray, mousse, gel, oil or cream. Shower facilities will be available for you to use after testing is completed. Please bring your own toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste. Towels, washcloths and soap will be provided.
Women: Please wear loose fitting pajamas or shirt with buttons down the front or a button-down shirt with sweatpants or shorts. Avoid wearing any revealing clothing, as students may be present. Do not wear one-piece gowns, jumpsuits, tight garments or anything silky or slippery.
Men: Please wear either pajamas or a t-shirt with shorts or sweatpants. Underclothes alone are not acceptable.
IMPORTANT: Scalp electrodes are difficult to place on your head when quick weaves, hairpieces, extensions, lace-front wigs or any wigs or hairpieces that cannot be removed are present. Also, you may not want to have your hair permed, treated or styled before your study due to the thorough shampooing that is required to remove pastes and electrode gels from your scalp.
Bring your own pillow if you feel you will sleep better.
Leave all valuables at home.
You may bring your cell phone but it must be off during the study.
You may bring your laptop computer.
Do not take any naps the day of your sleep study.
Do not bring an alarm clock or watch.
Eat a full, regular meal before arriving at the sleep center. Avoid eating or drinking any caffeine including coffee, tea, sodas and chocolate the day of your sleep study.
With the exception of daytime tests (MSLT/MWT), the sleep center does not provide meals. You may bring your own snacks and beverages as long as they are caffeine free. A refrigerator is available for storing food and medications.
If someone is picking you up in the morning, he or she should arrive between 5:30-6:30am.
Patients who are also scheduled for a daytime study following their nighttime study should be prepared to stay that evening and the following day until 4pm. If you have not been instructed about a daytime study, then this may not apply to you. However, according to the results of your nighttime study you may be asked if you are able to stay for the daytime test.
Please continue to take your medications as prescribed unless you are instructed to do otherwise. Bring any medications with you that you think you will need during the study to include meds that may need to be taken in the morning.
If the doctor has prescribed a sleep aid for you, do not fail to bring that with you to the sleep center. The sleep center does not supply any type of medication, nor are the technologists allowed to administer any medications. Any patient who cannot administer their own medications will need a caregiver to stay the night.
NOTICE: MOST INSURANCE COMPANIES REQUIRE PREAUTHORIZATION FOR SLEEP STUDIES
As a courtesy to you, Pulmonary & Sleep Associates of Jasper, P.C. will complete the paperwork and obtain the preauthorization for you. The preauthorization is valid only for the date of your sleep study. If you fail to keep your sleep study appointment or reschedule your study for another date, the preauthorization will have to be resubmitted for the new date. Due to the labor intensive nature of scheduling and obtaining preauthorization for sleep studies, Pulmonary & Sleep Associates of Jasper, P.C. requires that you give at least 72 hour notice when cancelling/rescheduling your sleep study. If you fail to give a 72 hour notice of cancellation you will be billed a $25 service charge.
Participate in a Clinical Trial
Our sleep lab trials are useful to get to the bottom of sleep issues. Inquire today to see if you might qualify.