orty million Americans are chronically ill with various sleep disorders, and an additional 20 to 30 million experience intermittent sleep problems. Among the most prominent and costly disorders are insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea
. With health consequences such as congestive heart failure, increased risk of heart attack, higher accident rates, reduced productivity, lowered cognitive performance and decreased quality of life, these disorders can have a major impact on those who suffer from them. Fortunately, help is available.
Since 1993, Johnson Memorial Hospital's (JMH) Pulmonary Department has conducted hundreds of sleep studies for those suffering from various sleep disorders, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy. Now, the Hospital is pleased to offer fully expanded services and a technologically advanced Sleep Center located at 151 Hazard Avenue, Enfield.
The new Sleep Center, which is accredited by The American Association of Sleep Medicine, is equipped with the most advanced software and hardware technology available and features a more expansive array of services than found at most sleep laboratories. Service include:
- Testing for daytime wakefulness (required for trucking licenses) and narcolepsy
- Daytime testing for third-shift workers
- Pediatric sleep services
- Pre-surgical screenings for bariatric patients
- 24-hour "fast-track" turnaround for those requiring immediate intervention
- "Awake" monthly support groups
- A comprehensive sleep management program
Four tastefully appointed private rooms featuring "Sleep-By-Number®" adjustable beds help to ensure patients' comfort during their stay in the Sleep Center. Patients arrive in the early evening and retire for the night wearing a simple telemetric halter. As they sleep, staff members in an adjoining room monitor oxygen in the blood, restlessness, body position, snoring, heart and brain activity and other pertinent factors. Upon departing early the next morning, patients are free to resume their daily routine and activities.
Sleep studies are covered by most major health insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information about Johnson Memorial Hospital's Sleep Center, please call (860) 684-8569. You may also take JMH's online sleep test, which will be returned to the Pulmonary Department for assessment.