“Over 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness with 2 million of those being children. An estimated 10 million Americans remain undiagnosed.”
Evaluation / Diagnosis
Over 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Finding a doctor to help isn't difficult: simply make an appointment with Dr. Turpin or Dr. Hearn at the Alabama Sleep Clinic. We’re the largest sleep clinic in north Alabama and southern Tennessee, but unlike most other sleep clinics in the area, our doctors are devoted entirely to sleep medicine. If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, our doctors will work closely with you to evaluate your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis. Our doctors and staff will continue to work with you through every step of treatment to ensure you get the best possible treatment for your individual needs.
How can I tell if I have a sleep disorder?
If you suspect you (or your child) has a sleep disorder, take our Sleep Test. If the results indicate you may have a sleep disorder, make an appointment to see one of our board-certified sleep specialists. Your doctor will figure out whether or not you have a sleep disorder and will help you find the most effective treatment options. Most patients don’t need a referral to make an appointment, and most insurance plan cover the cost of the initial visit. Just check with your insurance provider to be sure.
How do I know the Alabama Sleep Clinic can help me?
Our physicians are widely recognized as the leading sleep specialists in the Tennessee Valley and we have successfully treated patients from across north Alabama and southern Tennessee. We are dedicated to providing top-quality services in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of sleep disorders, and our reputation for excellent sleep medicine care is unsurpassed.
How to prepare for your visit
Before your first office visit, visit the Forms page and fill out the Adult Sleep Questionnaire so we can get a good idea of your overall health, your current sleep patterns, and any other relevant issues. It’s also very helpful to get a spouse, relative, bed partner or someone who has seen you sleep review the form to provide any additional information. Another person is more likely to know whether or not you snore, gasp while you’re sleeping, or toss and turn during the night and can provide your doctor with valuable information. Fill out the form as accurately and honestly as you can so we can pinpoint any potential issues. Be sure to bring this form with you to your first appointment. If you can’t open the forms, call our office and we’ll mail them to you. You may also arrive 15 to 20 minutes early for your appointment and fill the form out in our office.
What happens during the evaluation?
During your first visit, you’ll meet with one of our board-certified doctors at either our Huntsville, Decatur, or Madison office to discuss your sleep problems. Your doctor will review your Sleep Questionnaire and perform a brief physical exam. After learning about your sleep issues, your doctor will recommend the next step. In many cases, he’ll recommend an overnight sleep study that will allow him to learn even more about what’s going on while you’re asleep, such as your heart rate, oxygen levels, and brain wave activity. See the Overnight Sleep Studies page to learn more about what a sleep study is and what will happen during the study. After your initial evaluation and sleep studies are complete, the doctor will meet with you again to go over all of the available treatment options.
What treatment options can help me?
Treatments for sleep disorders vary widely depending on your exact sleep disorder and your overall health. You may review some of the descriptions of specific Sleep Disorders for a better idea of the different treatments. Our doctors and staff will work closely with you during the treatment phase to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly and you have the support and assistance you need.