Sleep medicine in Smyrna, Tennessee

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center's sleep center in Rutherford County offers a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in adults and children. The center offers a home-like atmosphere designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible during evaluation.

Additionally, our physicians 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. In many cases, proper evaluation and treatment can help you return to a normal sleeping pattern and remove the stress, anxiety and serious health risks associated with sleep disorders.

For more information about our sleep services, please call us at (615) 768-7378.

Sleep disorders we diagnose

At our sleep center, we offer a variety of studies to diagnose various sleep disorders. An accurate diagnosis is the first step to treatment, which means longer or higher quality sleep. The sleep disorders we diagnose include:


Insomnia is the inability to sleep and/or abnormal wakefulness. Symptoms include:

  • Depression or stress
  • Disturbing thoughts while trying to sleep
  • Waking during the night with difficulty going back to sleep
  • Lying awake for more than half an hour before falling asleep


Narcolepsy is a condition marked by an uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden attacks of physical weakness occurring during moments of strong emotions. Symptoms and warning signs include:

  • Vivid nightmares or hallucinations when falling asleep or waking up
  • Paralysis when falling asleep or waking up
  • A feeling of "going limp" when angry or surprised
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Disturbed or fragmented sleep


Parasomnias, a group of sleep disorders, involve unwanted events or experiences immediately before, during or immediately after sleep. Symptoms include:

  • Bed wetting
  • Severe nightmares/tremors
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleepwalking and sleep talking
  • Teeth grinding

Periodic limb movements in sleep and restless legs syndrome

These conditions involve involuntary muscle contractions of the legs or arms during sleep. Symptoms include:

  • Muscle tension in legs
  • Kicking at night
  • Crawling sensations in legs
  • Daytime sleepiness

Sleep apnea and snoring

People with sleep apnea may snore loudly and choke and gasp as they struggle to breathe. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause shortness of breath and chest pain. It can even lead to high blood pressure - which can cause other serious health problems, such as heart disease or stroke.

Sleep disorder treatment

Following a diagnosis, our sleep specialists can help you move forward with a treatment plan. The solution to a disorder may be as simple as learning to sleep in a different position, losing weight or wearing a mouthpiece. We can also help you learn better sleep habits and explore other treatment options, such as wearing a nasal mask at night. Surgery (typically throat surgery) may also be an option for certain sleep disorders.

Sleep studies

Sleep studies help detect sleep disorders. During these overnight evaluations, registered technologists will measure your:

  • Brain activity
  • Breathing pattern and depth
  • Eye and muscle movements
  • Heart rate
  • Percent of oxygen saturation in your red blood cells

When to see a sleep specialist

If you have two or more of these symptoms, you may benefit from seeing a sleep specialist:

  • Sleepiness during the day, even with a good night's sleep
  • Irritability when you cannot sleep
  • Waking up and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Taking a long time to fall asleep
  • Experiencing a restless sensation in your legs at night
  • Snoring that keeps your partner from sleeping
  • Falling asleep while driving or at work
  • Waking up gasping for breath

Schedule a sleep study

A sleep study can help diagnose and treat issues such as insomnia, sleep apnea or narcolepsy. Talk to your primary care physician, or contact our sleep center at (615) 768-7378 to find out if you may benefit from seeing a sleep specialist.

Pediatric sleep medicine

If your child cannot sleep, has insomnia or has night terrors, sleeping problems may be behind other behaviors. Our center is designed to help pediatric patients feel as comfortable as possible during their sleep evaluation. Private patient rooms, a quiet environment and a compassionate staff provide a stress-free setting for a comfortable stay.

If your child is experiencing any of the following conditions, they may benefit from a sleep study:

  • Inability to initiate or maintain sleep
  • Snoring
  • Poor growth
  • Large tonsils and/or adenoids
  • Sleep walking
  • Night terrors
  • Prolonged enuresis (bed wetting)
  • Uncontrolled nightmares
  • Academic problems
  • Behavioral issues

Our experienced team of registered technologists and therapists use the most current equipment to monitor your child’s sleep. They work closely with our board-certified, pediatric-trained sleep specialists. This team provides thorough medical assessments to identify the source of sleep-related issues.

Appointments at our sleep center

We are in Smyrna, Tennessee, near the intersection of Sam Ridley Parkway and Interstate 24. Our address is:

200 StoneCrest Blvd.
Smyrna, TN 37167

Parking is available outside the hospital's front entrance and by the emergency room (ER). After parking, proceed inside to the main admitting area, which is on the first floor just inside the hospital's front entrance.

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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