Baptist Health Floyd Sleep Disorders Center Offers Access to the Area’s Most Advanced Diagnostic Tools

Sleep is vital to both your physical and mental health. Yet, studies by the National Sleep Foundation show that as many as 60 percent of adults suffer from sleep disorders. More than 40 percent experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month. Many people assume nothing can be done, or that not getting enough sleep isn’t really a health problem. But the truth is, lack of sleep affects every aspect of your life, and can be a major safety issue. Fortunately, help is available.

Azmi Draw
“The Sleep Disorders Center at Baptist Health Floyd is nationally accredited by the American Sleep Disorder Association. We use some of the most advanced technology in the region for acquiring information and analyzing the results of our studies. It all adds up to the most accurate diagnoses for our patients.”


Azmi Draw, MD, FCCP, D, ABSM
Board Certified Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Physician
Baptist Health Floyd Sleep Disorders Center

Satish Rao
“I’m very pleased to be joining the team at Baptist Health Floyd. I’m happy to be building on the excellent care that our inpatient neurologist, Dr. Melton, has been providing, particularly in areas such as stroke. In addition, I will be available to patients on an outpatient basis in my Baptist Health Floyd Medical Group-Neurology office, as well as in the Baptist Health Floyd Sleep Disorders Center.” 


Satish Rao, MD, MS
Board Certified Neurologist/Sleep Specialist
Baptist Health Floyd Medical Group-Neurology
Baptist Health Floyd Sleep Disorders Center

“At the Sleep Disorders Center, we evaluate patients of all ages and diagnose and treat the full spectrum of sleep conditions,” said Amzi Draw, MD, a board certified specialist in sleep medicine. “These may include obstructive sleep apnea, excessive snoring, teeth grinding, movement disorders such as Restless Legs Syndrome and parasomnias such as sleepwalking and abnormal behavior during sleep.”

The physicians at the center work closely with the registered respiratory therapists and polysomnographers who have been specially trained in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

As Dr. Draw explained, “We perform sleep studies in our lab on an outpatient basis. For people who are inpatients, we also provide bedside studies to expedite the process and obtain the diagnosis as quickly as possible.” He added, “In addition, we evaluate individuals for job-related requirements, such as truck drivers and pilots who need yearly evaluations to meet their commercial license specifications.”

Why Is it So Important to Recognize and Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Study
A sleep study is a painless, non-invasive test that can provide answers for people suffering from sleep problems.

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep, which can have very serious consequences. “Sleep apnea is an underdiagnosed condition at this point in time,” said Dr. Rao. “That’s a shame, because treating it can make a remarkable difference in someone’s life from two perspectives. First, it can improve daytime alertness, memory function and mood. Second, treatment can help prevent major cardiovascular problems. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.”

The Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

“Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep,” explained Nuzhat Hasan, MD, a board certified specialist in sleep medicine. “When this occurs, your airway narrows or may even close entirely as you inhale. Breathing temporarily stops and can lower the level of oxygen in your blood. When that happens, your brain awakens you to reopen the airway. This may happen hundreds of times throughout the night, meaning you never get the deep sleep your body needs. The awakenings are often so brief, you don’t remember them in the morning.”

Dr. Hasan provided a list of symptoms that may indicate if a person is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Loud snoring that may awaken you or keep your partner awake
  • Brief periods of time when breathing stops during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor memory
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of lethargy
  • Dozing off during periods of non-physical activity, such as reading, sitting in a car, watching TV, etc.
“Getting appropriate treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is important not only to the patient’s day-to-day life, but also because it can prevent serious cardiovascular problems down the road. The only symptom some people have is excessive sleepiness during the day. So it’s important to take sleep problems seriously and seek a professional medical diagnosis.”

Nuzhat Hasan, MD

Board Certified Pulmonologist/Sleep Specialist
Baptist Health Floyd Sleep Disorders Center

To see if you may be a candidate for a sleep evaluation or for more information about the Sleep Disorders Center, please call (812) 949-5550.