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Jamaica Hospital Opens Sleep Center

For Immediate Release
Name: Natifia Mullings, Public Relations Coordinator
Telephone: (718) 206-6746
Email: ngaines@jhmc.org


June 26, 2012 (Jamaica, NY) There's nothing like a good night's sleephowever, 30% of all working Americans fail to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. In fact, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) reports that this group sleeps less than six hours a day.

"As adults, our lives are consumed with work, family, and personal responsibilities, all of which greatly impact the time we get to rest," said Dr. Mayank Shukla, Director of the Sleep Medicine at Jamaica Hospital. "Sleep affects our overall health, so if you're not getting enough rest, it's important to find out why."

According to Dr. Shukla, the following signs or symptoms may indicate that you have a sleep disorder:

Daytime sleepiness
Fatigue
Inability to fall asleep or falling asleep at inappropriate times
Loud snoring
Frequent nocturnal movements
Nighttime chest pains
Poor memory/concentration
Morning headaches

Jamaica Hospital's newly opened state-of-the-art Sleep Center is dedicated to diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in adults and children. Featuring private rooms, which are furnished with a Queen-size bed, flat screen television, and a DVD player, the facility's Board Certified Sleep Specialists and Respiratory Therapists offer treatment options for a wide variety of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorders, and pediatric sleep disorders, in a comfortable home-like environment. Overnight tests are performed, where a patient wears electrodes and their breathing, brain waves, muscle movements, snoring, and heart rate are monitored by a technician throughout the night.

Over 18 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea, a serious disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep, while at least 200,000 Americans suffer from narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to control sleep-wake cycles. In general, it is estimated that over 70 million Americans have some type of sleep disorder.

"Sleep disorders and lack of sleep is a growing problem, especially since short sleep durationsanything less than six hours a night have been linked to increased risks of psychiatric conditions, diabetes, heart problems, and obesity, as well as a decreased ability to focus," said Dr. Shukla. "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."

If you have a sleep disorder or suspect that you have a sleep disorder and would like to schedule an appointment, please call Jamaica Hospital's Sleep Center at 718-206-5916. The Sleep Center is open from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 384-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric, and dental services, in addition to home health services. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center's mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.

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