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Polysomnography is an emerging profession in the healthcare field.  Polysomnography is the study of sleep disorders.  Graduates help with the treatment and diagnosis of the causes like narcolepsy, sleep apnea and insomnia. After watching her father deal with sleep problems, ACC student, Breanna Seighman, felt inspired to seek out a career in sleep medicine.

“I decided to join the ACC Polysomnography program because I realized how important sleep is,” said Seighman, who graduated from ACC in 2011. “My dad was diagnosed with sleep apnea, as well as other family members. I wanted to help people sleep better.”

ACC is one of the few colleges in the country to offer a two-year Associate Degree in Polysomnography.

“Sleep problems can have serious consequences,” Polysomnography Director Georgette Goodwill said. “Sleep problems are often overlooked or ignored. In fact, the overwhelming majority of people with sleep disorders are undiagnosed and untreated.”

Polysomnographers conduct sleep studies which measure sleep cycles and behavior, usually done overnight in a sleep center.

“Sleep studies also evaluate any abnormal sleeping behaviors, such as sleepwalking or nightmares,” Goodwill said. “In addition, the study can evaluate sleeping disorders. A sleep study may also be done to help set up treatment for sleep-related breathing disorders or to show why a treatment is not working.”For more information, call 281.756.5655 or e-mail polysom@alvincollege.edu.

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