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)‰ÛÓ There‰Ûªs nothing like a good night‰Ûªs sleep‰ÛÓhowever, 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.

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

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

‰Û¢ Daytime sleepiness

‰Û¢ Fatigue

‰Û¢ Inability to fall asleep or falling asleep at inappropriate times

‰Û¢ Loud snoring

‰Û¢ Frequent nocturnal movements

‰Û¢ Nighttime chest pains

‰Û¢ Poor memory/concentration

‰Û¢ Morning headaches

Jamaica Hospital‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªs ability to control sleep-wake cycles. In general, it is estimated that over 70 million Americans have some type of sleep disorder.

‰ÛÏSleep disorders and lack of sleep is a growing problem, especially since short sleep durations‰ÛÓanything less than six hours a night‰ÛÓ have been linked to increased risks of psychiatric conditions, diabetes, heart problems, and obesity, as well as a decreased ability to focus,‰Û said Dr. Shukla. ‰ÛÏPeople often ignore their continued sleepiness, not realizing that it can be the result of a sleep disorder. It‰Ûªs important that people mention this problem to their doctor.‰Û

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‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªs 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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