The Intermountain Sleep Disorders Center at LDS Hospital is now offering a Sleep Disorders Clinic where people can have their sleep-related problems thoroughly evaluated by specialists.

"Patients with problems such as excessive sleepiness or insomnia should not have sleep tests performed without being evaluated by a specialist first," says pulmonary specialist Dr. Robert J. Farney, medical director of the Sleep Center. "Otherwise unnecessary tests or inappropriate therapy may result."Farney said the Sleep Clinic was established to complement the Sleep Center and is designed to evaluate patients with other ailments. The Sleep Center was accredited as a fully comprehensive sleep center in 1985.

The Sleep Clinic will evaluate any kind of sleep disorder or complaint. Some of the more common sleep disorders he and his staff treat are snoring, sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia and bizarre behavior disorders during sleep. If needed, patients are referred to the Sleep Center for treatment of their sleep problems.

The center is looking into new ways to diagnose sleep problems and has recently presented research on new treatments for sleep apnea to several national sleep-disorders organizations.

Farley conducts the Sleep Disorders Clinic in the outpatient clinic at LDS Hospital twice weekly. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays. Call 321-3617 for an appointment.