“The currently increasing demand for sleep studies is evident in the waiting lists established at most accredited sleep centers.” asserts one of the pioneers of sleep medicine, G. Vernon Pegram, Ph.D. ACP.   Dr. Pegram, the former director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama, explains that “As awareness in the medical community continues to grow, we know that the demand will continue in Alabama as well as the rest of the country.”

Dr. Robert Doekel, Jr., MD, Medical Director of the center, is a board-certified sleep medicine specialist that has worked in this field for more than 30 years. He has worked not only to expand the services of the center, but also to educate and train many other medical professionals throughout Alabama and has helped numerous physicians in opening similar sleep centers.

With plenty of centers for patients to choose from, the Sleep Disorders
Center of Alabama strives to stand apart from the crowd. One such difference is the Center's high commitment to the amount of time our medical staff will spend with our patients. Our physicians will see each patient before and after their sleep study. “This is not a requirement. We feel that this enables us to avoid communication problems in the continued care of our patients.” Dr. Pegram says. With over 70 different sleep disorders, each with various causes, communication is of critical importance to accurately diagnose and treat each of our patients.

A Testing Room
The Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama enjoys a strong reputation in our state because of our history, credentials and staff. Medical professionals think of us as a provider of sleep medicine rather than just sleep diagnostics. We evaluate, diagnose, treat, and follow up with every one of our patients. This helps ensure that they continue their treatment plan as prescribed. Our Center is currently accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and continues to pursue the highest of standards.

With a total of 6 beds, the Center conducts over 1000 studies annually, and about 100 new patients are seen each month. After their sleep studies, our patients are again seen at the center at 4 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year post study.

Patients are also encouraged to call, especially if they are having trouble with CPAP or medications.


    If you have a Respironics or Philips Respironics CPAP/BiPAP machine (Respironics is now owned by Philips.), there is a recall affecting some of those machines. For more information about the recall and whether it affects you, please click on the link below to visit their recall page on the internet. You will be able to register your machine with them for addressing the issue.
  • Current Research Studies

    Our center performs Research Studies and Clinical Trials to help determine the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments. We are currently seeking participants for the following studies:

    The Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama offers many different clinical trials for our patients. These are always changing, making it difficult to list on our site. Please call or email Wes Booth at 205-599-1020 extension 122 / for current trials offered at the Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama.

    For more information, check Clinical Trials and Disorders on main menu at top
  • If you use CPAP . . .

    Please be aware that CPAP equipment wears out. You should replace your mask, headgear and hoses about every 6 months. Please call the Sleep Center’s CPAP Department at (205) 599-1020

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