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Sleep Medicine

Sleep disorders and sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on daily life including poor productivity, depression, decreased memory and a significant increase in work related injuries and motor vehicle accidents.

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center offers modern certified sleep labs with certified technicians supervised by the region's only surgical airway specialist boarded in sleep medicine, Dr. William Bulkley. 

The facility is fully equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to monitor sleep patterns, breathing, brainwaves, heart activity and eye and muscle movements.

Common sleep disorders include:

  • insomnia (inability to sleep)
  • narcolepsy (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • sleep apnea (obstruction of an airway during sleep)
  • sleepwalking and restless leg syndrome

Sleep apnea is typically under-diagnosed or treated and can contribute to a number of medical problems, including poorly controlled diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and an increase in the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes. Patients with these illnesses; especially those experiencing poor sleep, day time fatigue and being a known snorer; should seriously think about contacting their physician and scheduling a sleep study.

Sleep apnea should not be ignored, especially since it is an easily diagnosed problem with very successful treatment in most cases. Weight loss is one common treatment for sleep apnea. However, the most successful treatment can be a nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask that applies pressure to help keep the airways of a patient open while they sleep, allowing normal breathing. Other possible treatment is a mouth guard that pulls a patient’s mouth forward or surgery that includes tonsil removal.

A recent study has been widely publicized that highlights the direct relationship of increased mortality rates in sleep apnea patients being 60% greater than patients with medical conditions without sleep apnea.

Area residents will sleep better now that AMMC’s Dr. William J. Bulkley, has added Sleep Medicine to his list of certified medical specialties. Dr. Bulkley is the only airway surgeon boarded as a sleep specialist in Northeast Arkansas and provides leading edge analysis, diagnosis and treatment including surgical options for a myriad of sleep disorders. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bulkley, call 870-240-8020. Dr. Bulkley's office is located in Suite 3 of the AMMC Professional Office Building.

Our sleep labs, shown in the above picture, are used for testing inside the medical center.