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Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Sleep Awareness Week

March 4, 2015

Middletown, NY – The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center will celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2 through March 8, to increase public education and promote awareness regarding the importance of sleep.

Each spring, Americans adjust their alarm clocks and body clocks as a result of Daylight Savings Time (DST). This year, we move clocks forward at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. Losing just an hour of sleep can easily affect children and adults, causing sleep disruptions throughout the night and creating performance issues during the day.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Administrator of Ancillary Services, Frank Salvatore Jr. states, “Sufficient sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, yet millions of people suffer from sleep deprivation. It is important to increase public awareness of how adequate sleep and the treatment of sleep disorders can improve quality of life.”

Daylight savings time is a great opportunity to improve upon your sleep habits. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the following tips can help you get a good night’s sleep and adjust to the time change:

• Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time in bed than needed.

• Use bright light to help manage your “body clock.” Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.

• Use your bedroom only for sleep to strengthen the association between your bed and sleep. It may help to remove work materials, computers and televisions from your bedroom.

• Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.

• Create a sleep environment that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and pillows.

• Save your worries for the daytime. If concerns come to mind, write them in a “worry book” so you can address those issues the next day.

• If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

• Exercise regularly, at any time of the day that feels right for you.

If you find yourself unable to adjust to the time change within a reasonable amount of time or have constant problems with sleeplessness, you may be suffering from some type of sleep disorder. Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine conducts sleep studies on adults and children 2 years old and up and can help define and treat a sleep disorder.

For more information about sleep services at Orange Regional Medical Center, or to find out if you are at risk for a sleep disorder, visit www.ormc.org/sleepcenter.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center

Sleep study services performed at Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine, located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, in Middletown, aid in the diagnosis of potential sleep disorders that may also contribute to other health related conditions. A sleep study is a painless, non-invasive test that allows specially-trained technicians to monitor a patient’s breathing, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, eye movement, muscle tone and other factors. Sleep studies take place in our state-of-the-art facility and offer the latest diagnostic technology in a quiet and peaceful environment. An accredited center of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Orange Regional offers treatment to adults and children ages 2 and up.

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