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Sleep Disorders

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Couple sleeping peacefully

Why choose Ochsner Health for your sleep disorders care?

Restful sleep is essential to overall health. It can also be elusive for many reasons. If it is difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night, you can count on the specialists at Ochsner’s Sleep Centers to give you the answers you need. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and The Joint Commission, our state-of-the-art program has locations in Louisiana and Mississippi. Each clinic is led by a sleep specialist who is committed to accurate and effective diagnosis and treatment of your sleep disorders. Together, board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, registered technicians and medical staff tailor care to meet your unique needs so you can get the rest you deserve.

In addition, our pediatric providers have the training and experience to also provide solutions for the littlest patients.

At Ochsner’s Sleep Centers, specialists offer a spectrum of diagnostic sleep tests, including:

  • Home sleep test or home sleep apnea test — evaluates breathing patterns during sleep from the comfort of your home
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test — measures how well you can stay awake during the day
  • Multiple sleep latency test — measures how quickly you fall asleep during the day and is used to detect narcolepsy
  • Polysomnogram — an overnight sleep study that records breathing patterns during sleep, as well as brain activity with the added benefit of having a technician to ensure integrity of the recording technology

If you are having a sleep study that requires staying at one of our state-of-the-art Ochsner facilities, you will check into a private room with a bed and bathroom. Before the actual test begins, you will have around 30 minutes to settle in and talk with a member of our sleep staff.

Specialists with the Ochsner sleep disorders program diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea — One of the most common sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea causes interruptions in breathing during sleep. You may have obstructive sleep apnea if you experience excessive daytime sleepiness or snore during sleep.
  • Insomnia — With chronic insomnia, you may have trouble falling asleep or struggle to stay asleep. Short-term insomnia may be caused by stress or a change in your schedule or environment. Long-term insomnia occurs over a period longer than three months and can impact your quality of life.
  • Narcolepsy — This disorder disrupts your normal sleep/wake cycles. People with narcolepsy can experience sudden muscle weakness (also called cataplexy), sleep paralysis, sleep-related hallucinations and excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Restless leg syndrome — Characterized by an urge to move the legs, restless leg syndrome makes falling asleep difficult.
  • Severe daytime sleepiness — Also referred to as hypersomnia, severe daytime sleepiness is often caused by an underlying sleep disorder.
  • Shift work disorder — This condition affects people who work nights, early mornings or alternating schedules.

You don’t have to struggle with your sleep. Once sleep disorders are diagnosed, you can find the right treatments to improve your quality of life. Options at Ochsner include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy — This form of talk therapy can help you communicate and resolve stressful thoughts that may contribute to insomnia.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine — If you are living with obstructive sleep apnea, using a CPAP machine at night can help open breathing airways during sleep.

If your sleep disorders are due to underlying conditions or dental issues, Ochsner sleep specialists will refer you to the appropriate provider.


Ochsner can help you determine if you have a sleep disorder and provide you with the treatment you need to have better quality sleep.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders Locations

The Sleep Center of Acadiana
134 Hospital Drive, Suite 201
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-noon
Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Center - Lake Area
4150 Nelson Road
Lake Charles, LA 70605
  • Mon–Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
1310 West 7th St.
Kaplan, LA 70548
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - St. Mary Medical Center
915 Margaret Place
Shreveport, LA 71101
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Mary
1125 Marguerite St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Hancock
149 Drinkwater Blvd.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Baptist Napoleon Medical Plaza
2820 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Therapy & Wellness: Mon – Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Covington
1000 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Driftwood
2120 Driftwood Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70065
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sat: 8 a.m.-noon
Ochsner St. Anne Hospital
4608 Highway 1
Raceland, LA 70394
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7