Research & Partnerships

We’re Preventing Heart Attacks Nightly

12 year study of patients with Severe Obstructive OSA (“OSA”) % of those experiencing cardiovascular event (i.e. heart attack) Marin, Lancet 2005; 365: 1046-53


Partnership With The American Heart Association

Sleep has long been recognized as an integral component to overall health. Recently, scientific research backed by the American Heart Association (AHA) has brought renewed attention to the relationship between sleep and heart health. Sleep duration, mostly short sleep, and sleep disorders have emerged as being related to adverse cardiometabolic risk, including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease. The AHA’s findings indicate that treating those with sleep disorders may be helpful to your heart. To that end, The AHA has released a statement recommending at least 7 hours of sleep per night for adults can help “to promote optimal health”. As part of it’s determination to promote ideal cardiac health, the AHA is directly addressing sleep behavior in a public health campaign.

Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee is proud to join the American Heart Association in its endeavor to bring increased awareness about how sleep directly impacts heart health. As leaders in the field of sleep medicine, Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee has proven effective outcomes for our patients. If you would like help improving the quality of your sleep, call us today.

St-Onge M-P, Grandner MA, Brown D, Conroy MB, Jean-Louis G, Coons M, Bhatt DL; on behalf of the American Heart Association Behavior Change, Diabetes, and Nutrition Committees of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; Council on Clinical Cardiology; and Stroke Council. Sleep duration and quality: impact on lifestyle behaviors and cardiometabolic health: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 

Ongoing Clinical Research

Together with our research partners at Middle Tennessee State University, our physicians have co-founded the Sleep Research Consortium (SRC). The mission of the SRC is to facilitate research projects, community-based programs, and initiatives that promote population and individual wellness through healthy sleep and sleep-related chronic disease prevention and reduction.

Through sleep-focused research and initiatives, the SRC seeks to fulfill the following goals and objectives:

  • To promote the health and well-being of Tennesseans through information sharing, development and implementation of research projects and community-based programs projects, and initiatives that focus on healthy sleep and sleep-related chronic disease prevention and reduction, obesity prevention and reduction, and improved population and individual health;
  • To collaborate and share best practices with other researchers, clinicians, public health practitioners, and community stakeholders;
  • To develop and implement projects, programs, and interventions, programs which meet a need and improve the health of Tennesseans, and that may be replicated nationally;
  • To advance and support interdisciplinary scholarly and research activity specific to healthy sleep;
  • To develop and strengthen partnerships within the university, the community, the state, and nationally who have vested interest in healthy living, specifically healthy sleep and reduction of obesity and chronic disease which may be associated with poor sleep;
  • To serve as a resource to the MTSU community on projects and initiatives related to sleep, obesity, chronic disease reduction and population health;

If you would like to learn more about the research of Sleep Research Consortium and how you can get involved, please visit the website

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