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Jamaica Hospital debuts sleep center

Offers ‘comfortable home-like environment’

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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 10:30 am

Are you getting a good night’s sleep? If not Jamaica Hospital Medical Center may have the answer to your slumber problems.

A new state-of-the-art sleep clinic opened at Jamaica Hospital that is dedicated to diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in both adults and children.

The center boasts a “comfortable home-like environment” and has private rooms, each furnished with a queen-size bed, flat screen television and a DVD player. The center is staffed by board certified sleep specialists and respiratory therapists offering treatment options for a wide variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy and pediatric sleep disorders. Overnight tests are performed at the center. During such tests, patients wear electrodes during the night and their breathing, brain waves, muscle movements, snoring, and heart rate are monitored by a technician.

According to some estimations, more than 70 million Americans have some type of sleep disorder. More than 18 million alone suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea may include snoring, morning headaches or fatigue during the day. More than 200,000 Americans suffer from narcolepsy, another serious sleep condition wherein a person may fall asleep without warning or suffer constant fatigue.

“Sleep disorders and lack of sleep is a growing problem, especially since short sleep durations — anything less than six hours a night — have been linked to increased risk of psychiatric conditions, diabetes, heart problems and obesity, as well as a decreased ability to focus,” said Dr. Mayank Shukla, Director of the Sleep Medicine at Jamaica Hospital. “People often ignore their continued sleepiness, not realizing that it can be the result of a sleep disorder. It’s important that people mention this problem to their doctor.”

To schedule an appointment, call Jamaica Hospital’s Sleep Center at (718)-206-5916. The center is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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