Awareness week shines light on sleep disorders
“Sleep well, feel good, do better” was the theme of this year’s National Sleep Awareness Week™ which took place March 2nd-9th. March is known as sleep awareness month due to the time change and people losing an hour of sleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, but many Americans have a hard time achieving this goal. Stress, distractions, and sleep disorders are just some of the contributing factors into this unhealthy cycle of not getting enough rest.
Some common symptoms to look for are snoring, interrupted sleep, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, fatigue and depression. Patients are encouraged to discuss these symptoms with their primary care physicians. Recurring sleep problems often affect other aspects of a patient’s life such as physical health, work performance, social relations or even sexual behavior.
“In the past, patients have simply called in and requested a sleep study if they felt it was needed,” ACH Sleep Disorders Center nurse Mary Wike said. “But with the new healthcare changes, this is no longer permitted. Patients are required to see their primary care physician to discuss their sleep concerns and then obtain an order with notes and the medical necessity of their test.”
The Sleep Disorders Center at Alliance Community Hospital offers patients sleep studies in a safe and comfortable environment. Patients are given a private room with its own bathroom and TV for convenience. Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and emergency medical staff is always on hand. Studies are performed six days a week, during the night or daytime as needed.
The Center, located on the third floor of the hospital, offers sleep studies checking for various symptoms and conditions. These conditions include: snoring, sleep apnea, periodic limb movement, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleepwalking and work-shift change syndrome.
For more information on the ACH Sleep Disorders Center, please call (330) 596-7321 or visit http://www.achosp.org/patient-services/sleep-disorder-center