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For many, sleep disorders rob people of a comfortable night’s sleep, which often can be hazardous to a person’s health and even life-threatening.

Epoch Sleep Centers is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We are dedicated to diagnosing sleep disorders and providing you with corrective treatment options so that you may ultimately live better. With three locations throughout Rhode Island, you are just an appointment away from a better night’s sleep.

Epoch provides:

  • Same-day appointment booking
  • Rapid test results
  • A sleep center visitor program (before your sleep study)
  • Comfortable, private rooms with amenities
  • Accommodations for parents of pediatric patients. Rooms are large enough for a parent to stay comfortably with their child.
  • Coordination of CPAP set up with a company of your choice
  • An informational website for all patients (children, parents, professionals)
  • A choice of male and female technologists is available

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Debunking Myths

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding sleep and the consequences of people failing to get not only a sufficient amount of sleep but good quality sleep. Some of the more common myths are:

Myth: There is no connection between a lack of sleep and health-related problems.

An abundance of studies show insufficient quality sleep can lead to illnesses or conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. Without enough sleep, your body might encounter trouble processing insulin, which can trigger diabetes. In addition, a lack of sleep can inhibit the secretion of a growth hormone necessary to control weight gain.

Myth: People need less sleep as they age.  

Experts believe most adults should sleep seven to nine hours per day regardless of their age. As people grow older, they might sleep less at night, but their bodies and minds still require the same of amount sleep as younger adults.

Myth: Snoring is an everyday occurrence that people should ignore.  

Frequently, snoring is an indication that a person has sleep apnea –a disorder consisting of pauses in breathing or shallow breaths, which can cause an individual to wake up several times a night. Sleep apnea is connected to medical problems such as cardiovascular disease.

Myth: It’s OK for people to occasionally skimp on the number of hours they sleep.

If people get less than the seven to nine hours of sleep experts recommend, they will have to sleep additional hours in the following days. People’s bodies do not adjust to less sleep than they need.

Myth: Teenagers can sleep fewer hours than grownups.  

Teens need a minimum of 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep per night. Biological clocks of teenagers can keep them awake later in the evening and can it make it harder for them to awaken in the morning.

Myth: Insomnia is characterized only by difficulty falling asleep.

Other symptoms associated with insomnia are waking up too early and not being able to fall back to sleep; frequent awakenings; feeling tired after waking up.

Myth: Sleepiness during the day is a sign a person is not getting sufficient sleep.

While that’s true, daytime drowsiness can indicate a person might have an underlying medical condition or sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea.