Trusted Sleep Disorder Specialists


Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorder Center is your reliable partner in overcoming sleep-related problems. Work with us today, and let us help you take the first step toward sleeping better. We serve clients in Auburn, AL and surrounding areas.

How We Can Help You

Sleep Disorder Overview and Education

We believe that knowledge is the key to dealing with sleep concerns. For your benefit, we offer helpful information about the various risks and causes of sleep disorders. We also have a blog that features articles on sleep apnea.

Health and Wellness Programs

Our doctors provide practical health strategies for different sleep problems. To ensure that our programs fit your individual needs, we personalize our approach on a client-to-client basis.

In-Lab Diagnostics and Self-Assessment Tools

For professional sleep problem diagnosis, schedule an appointment today. Our services include sleep disorder and sleep apnea testing. We also offer convenient home sleep tests.

Treatment Options and Support

We use integrated healthcare management to treat sleep disorders properly. After we diagnose your condition, our team will work together to determine the best treatment option for you.

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What does Mom want most for Mother's Day?

May 13, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

What does Mom want most for Mother's Day?

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Female fertility affected by sleep disorders

May 9, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

Female fertility affected by sleep disorders

[by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center] If you’re trying to become pregnant and you have a sleep disorder, your odds are higher that you’ll experience more infertility issues than those who don’t have sleep disorders. A study from Taiwan published late last year in Sleep focused on sleep disorders other than sleep apnea to understand their potential impacts on fertility in women. Sleep apnea isn't the ...

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Did you know that sleep can be disrupted by the menstrual cycle?

May 6, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

Did you know that sleep can be disrupted by the menstrual cycle?

[by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center] Ever wonder why women are said to be twice as likely to complain of poor sleep than men? It might be as simple as having a menstrual cycle. Research suggests that during the menstrual cycle, women tend to have restless sleep directly related to the cyclical hormonal changes in a woman’s body throughout her mature life. These problems with sleep accompany the variations ...

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Auburn University students: final exams call for prioritizing sleep!

May 2, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

Auburn University students: final exams call for prioritizing sleep!

[by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center]  Here’s a question for collegiate debate teams everywhere: Is pulling an all-nighter a good idea when it comes to final exams and their outcomes? Some research suggests that a quarter of all college students don't get at least eight hours of sleep on any given night. During the week(s) of finals, that number probably drops off. The same research shows that ...

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Don't let allergy season get in the way of a good night's sleep

April 29, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

Don't let allergy season get in the way of a good night's sleep

[by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center]  Allergic rhinitis (also referred to as seasonal allergies or hay fever) affects up to 40 million Americans. Allergies can cause breathing problems (congestion and asthma) as well as discomfort (watery eyes, runny nose, itching of the eyes or nose or ears), making them potential enemies of sleep. If problems with allergies are left untreated or are undertreated, entire households can suffer—not just among ...

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Bedtime tips for diabetics

April 25, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

Bedtime tips for diabetics

[by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center] It can be a struggle to sleep well if you have diabetes. Levels of glucose and insulin create specific symptoms in the body which make it hard to sleep or which can disrupt sleep. Even in the morning these levels can be so out of balance (dawn phenomenon) that it's a challenge to get the day off to a healthy start. On top ...

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Earth Day 2018: Creating a healthy sleep ecosystem

April 22, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

Earth Day 2018: Creating a healthy sleep ecosystem

[by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center] Earth Day provides us a good opportunity to contemplate how the quality of our physical environment can influence the quality of our health. After all, the toxins in our landscapes (both manufactured and natural) can have a negative impact on processes like pregnancy, injury rehabilitation, recovery from infection or illness, even the way we think and feel as we move through our daily lives ...

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How to sleep better with peripheral neuropathy

April 18, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

How to sleep better with peripheral neuropathy

[by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center] People with diabetes often experience something called peripheral neuropathy, which describes pain, numbness, and burning that occurs in the arms, hands, legs, and feet (especially the feet). This kind of pain (related to diabetes) is neurological, meaning it originates in the nervous system. For these people, sleep is twice as hard to achieve: diabetes can have a disruptive impact on sleep stages and cycles ...

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April's EYE ON HEART HEALTH: Links for sleep and cardiac health news

April 15, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

April's EYE ON HEART HEALTH: Links for sleep and cardiac health news

For April 2018 THE FOLLOWING RECENT NEWS LINKS SHOW THE CONTINUED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SLEEP HEALTH AND HEART HEALTH APRIL 9, 2018 || NEUROLOGY ADVISOR CPAP effective for sleep apnea treatment following stroke From the article: "The use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an effective treatment for sleep-disordered breathing in patients who have experienced a stroke, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published recently in Neurology ...

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3 sleep disorders and their relationship to insulin resistance

April 11, 2018 By Aishling Sleep Health Management - 0 Comments

3 sleep disorders and their relationship to insulin resistance

DIABETES & SLEEP [by Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH for Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Center] People who don’t sleep well may be setting themselves up for problems with insulin resistance. Sleeping well can be defined as getting adequate, consolidated sleep every night. Consolidated sleep simply means that one sleeps without interruption for the full night. If you don’t enjoy consolidated sleep most nights, and know you aren’t getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night, please read on. What is insulin resistance? All human bodies generate insulin, which is used to stabilize blood sugar effectively. Blood sugar (glucose) is used by all organs and cells as fuel, but too much or not enough can put the body into a state of stress. When insulin resistance occurs, the body may still produce insulin, but it fails to use it effectively to balance glucose levels. These levels build up in the blood as a result, and aren’t absorbed for use as fuel by the organs and cells. When this occurs repeatedly over time, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes can develop. DOES POOR SLEEP INFLUENCE INSULIN LEVELS? Research at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center published in 2015 found that even one night of sleep deprivation decreased insulin sensitivity by 33 percent in animal subjects. By comparison, 6 months on a high-fat diet decreased the subjects’ insulin sensitivity by 21 percent. Chronic sleep loss, or sleep deprivation, is defined as sleeping less than a total of 7 hours of sleep a night. Given that a large percentage of Americans routinely sleep less than 7 hours a night, this news regarding insulin resistance and its relationship to poor sleep is very concerning. Why does poor sleep lead to insulin resistance? People who are sleep deprived experience increased levels of the hormone ghrelin, which is known for stimulating the appetite. When ghrelin levels increase, we crave fatty or high-carbohydrate foods as a response to a cellular need for fuel. But higher ghrelin levels also lead to a surge in the bloodstream of the stress hormone, cortisol. High levels of cortisol make the body less tolerant to glucose and can negatively influence levels of blood glucose between meals (or while “fasting.”) Meanwhile, mixed signals in the organs of the endocrine system (responsible for metabolism) that are caused by sleep loss make the system less sensitive to insulin already available in the body (or “insulin resistant”). Inadequate levels of insulin are released to counteract high levels of blood sugar. When these levels become too high, the sleep-deprived body fails to produce enough insulin to achieve a proper gluocose-insulin balance. Too much glucose in the bloodstream can be dangerous, even deadly. The body responds to this system-wide threat by entering a state of stress, working overtime to process and excrete the excess glucose. This is the reason why people who are diabetic must use the bathroom many times a night; nocturia occurs as a result of the kidneys processing this excess sugar, which is eventually eliminated by frequent urination to regain a balance of glucose and insulin in the bloodstream. Nocturia is a common cause of sleep fragmentation, in which sleep is interrupted all night long. Broken sleep leads to less sleep and fewer cycles of complete sleep, which are necessary for optimal health and well being. THE CIRCADIAN SYSTEM AND METABOLISM Sleep is ...

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