Sleep specialists in South Nashville

Get the rest you need with the help of experts in our sleep center at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center. Physicians licensed and board-certified in sleep medicine use advanced technology to monitor and diagnose patients and create treatment plans for sleep disorders.

An adequate amount of quality sleep is an essential part of good health. Unfortunately, sleep is sometimes disrupted. This can be true for many reasons - however, the issue causing poor sleep can often be determined through a sleep study.

Sleep disorders we treat

A sleep disorder is a condition that disturbs normal sleep patterns. A sleep study is used to diagnose and determine a treatment for these disorders. Some of the conditions affecting sleep we diagnose are:


Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. It may happen consistently over time or occur sporadically.


Narcolepsy is a disorder characterized by the tendency to fall asleep in unnatural surroundings. This can be the result of excessive sleepiness or experiencing a strong wave of negative or positive emotions - such as laughing - which can result in cataplexy (temporary paralysis).

  • Nightmares
  • Night terrors
  • Sleep talking
  • Sleepwalking

Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is an uncomfortable sensation, sometimes described as "pins and needles," in the legs. It can be severe enough to wake a person up and keep them from falling back asleep.

Sleep apnea

This is a sleep disorder characterized by disruptions in breathing. Sleep apnea can result from a:

  • Miscommunication in brain signals (central sleep apnea)
  • Physical limitation (obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Miscommunication and physical limitation (complex sleep apnea)

Sleep disorder treatment

Once the source of a sleep problem is identified, it can usually be treated. Your sleep specialist may recommend a plan that includes:

  • Completing positional therapy, which helps patients rearrange their sleeping position to reduce the likelihood of certain sleep-disrupting symptoms or conditions
  • Starting a diet and exercise plan to reduce weight and alleviate symptoms associated with sleep disorders
  • Taking medications or supplements
  • Undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy to treat sleep disorders caused by stress, anxiety or depression
  • Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help with sleep apnea

Our sleep center

We have four state-of-the-art beds designed with patient comfort in mind. Each suite includes a queen mattress you can adjust to your desired level of firmness; a private walk-in bathroom with shower; wireless internet; and a flat-screen television with cable.

We are equipped with the most modern computer monitoring equipment and staffed by registered polysomnographic technologists and licensed respiratory therapists. While in the suite, you will be monitored via electrodes attached at the temples. These electrodes will record disturbances in circadian rhythms as well as any abnormalities, such as trouble breathing. Every study is interpreted by a staff physician with expertise in sleep disorders.

Accredited sleep medicine

Our sleep specialists are certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. They provide a thorough medical assessment that can help identify the source of sleep-related issues.

Arriving for your appointment

TriStar Southern Hills is southeast of the Nolensville Pike/Highway 255 intersection. Our address is:

391 Wallace Road
Nashville, TN 37211

The hospital's main entrance is on the west side of the building, facing Nolensville Pike. Complimentary valet service is available Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm. Park and proceed to the information desk inside the front entrance. We will help you check in for your appointment.

Sleep disorders at TriStar Health

Sleep disorders refer to a change or disturbance in a patient’s normal sleep pattern. Sleep disorders may affect the amount of sleep and quality of sleep someone receives. Sleep timing may also be of concern in the case of disorders like narcolepsy. Sleep disorders can be linked to both medical and emotional causes.

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