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Orange Regional Medical Center Recognizes National Sleep Awareness Week

March 9, 2016

Prepare to lose one hour sleep when clocks spring forward on March 13, 2016

(Middletown, NY) – The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center recognizes National Sleep Awareness Week, March 6 through March 13, to increase public education and awareness regarding the importance of sleep. Clocks spring forward one hour on March 13 eliminating 60 minutes of rest for the average person.

“Sleep deprivation has been linked to serious medical conditions such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and even depression,” says Dr. Alan Schaffer, Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Medicine. “Early diagnosis of sleep disorders is essential to leading a healthier life.” Dr. Schaffer has over 20 years experience in Sleep Medicine. In addition to Dr. Schaffer’s expertise, the Center is staffed by Board-certified physicians and specially-trained technicians.

The National Sleep Foundation offers the following tips to get a good night’s sleep: establish a regular bed and wake time; avoid nicotine and caffeine close to bedtime; set up a consistent relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine and create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and comfortable.

“Many people are unaware that they may suffer from a sleep disorder and that it could be readily treated,” says Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz, Associate Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine and Associate Editor for the second edition of “Sleep Apnea and Snoring” Elsevier textbook. “We educate people about the signs of various disorders and how they can obtain diagnosis and treatment using consultation and sleep studies when needed.”

Dr. Jacobowitz is an invited speaker and will be presenter of original research at the 7th International Surgical Sleep Society (ISSS) Symposium- Surgery Sleep & Breathing, in Sao Paulo, Brasil, April 15-16, 2016. He will also be the Keynote Speaker at The Annual Meeting of the Israeli Rhinologic Society, in Kfar Blum, Israel, May 26-28, 2016.

If you think you may have a sleep disorder, see your physician. He or she can order a sleep study. The sleep study, called a polysomnogram, will help diagnose the severity and type of sleep apnea or other disorder. If you don’t have a physician, call 845-333-7575 to make an appointment with Dr. Samer El Zarif, of Orange Regional Medical Group, who is Board-certified in Sleep Medicine.

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

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 the Town of Wallkill, aid in the diagnosis of potential sleep disorders in adults and children ages 2 and up 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.

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.

El Zarif, Samer
Dr. Samer El Zarif
Orange Regional Medical Group
Board-certified in Sleep Medicine

Schaffer, Alan
Dr. Alan Schaffer
Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Medicine

Jacobowitz, Ofer
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Associate Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Medicine


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