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Orange Regional Medical Center Reminds you that Sleep is Essential… “Are You Tired?”

March 13, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center and the Center for Sleep Medicine, located at the Arden Hill campus in Goshen, mark National Sleep Awareness Week, March 5-11, and urge community members to educate themselves about the importance of sleep.

Each spring, Americans have to adjust our body clocks due to the loss of sleep caused by Daylight Savings Time (DST). Losing just an hour of sleep can easily affect us, causing sleep disruptions throughout the night and creating performance issues during the day.

Traditionally, we ‘spring forward” at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Beginning this year, a new schedule will be put into effect due to a federal bill,

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed in hopes of seeing a positive impact on the amount of energy the nation consumes.

This year, we move our clocks forward on the second Sunday in March (March 11) and do not “fall back” until the first Sunday in November (November 4).

If you find yourself unable to adjust to the change within a reasonable amount of time or have constant problems with sleeplessness, you may be one of the 70 million Americans suffering from some type of sleep disorder. Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine can help you define and treat sleep disorders.

The Center for Sleep Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility that offers the latest technology in diagnosing sleep disorders in a comfortable setting. A polysomnogram, or sleep study, is a painless, non-invasive test that will help diagnose the severity and type of disorder. While you sleep, specially trained technicians monitor breathing, heart rate, blood/oxygen level, eye movement, muscle tone, and other factors overnight. Your physician will receive a written report of the sleep study results, the results are explained and treatment options are discussed.

Anne Nelson, M.S., A.N.P., administrator of Cardiopulmonary Services at Orange Regional states, ‘sleep is essential for good health, safety, and optimum performance, while lack of sleep affects your mood and behavior, and contributes to poor performance and health issues.”

The following are tips to help you achieve a better night’s sleep:

· Sleep in a moderate to cool room that blocks light and sound.

· Wind down 30 minutes before bed with a relaxing activity.

· Eat dinner at least two hours before bedtime.

· Avoid stimulants (caffeine and nicotine) and sedatives (beer, wine and liquor) just before bed.

1· Exercise no later than three hours before bedtime.

2· Nap no later than 3 p.m.

3· If you”re not asleep within 20 minutes of lying down, get up and do something relaxing before returning to bed.

Take our sleep quiz to help you assess your risk of sleep disorders:

Are you extremely sleepy at inappropriate times?

Do you snore loudly at night?

Do you wake up with morning headaches?

Do you wake up frequently during the night?

Do you have problems falling or staying asleep?

Have you had previous strokes?

Does your bed partner complain about your loud snoring?

Does your bed partner tell you that you stop breathing for short periods at night?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Orange Regional Medical Center suggests you call the Center for Sleep Medicine at 294-4857 or discuss the answers with your doctor.

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