Wake Up! You're Snoring

March 19, 2014 02:56 PM


Introducing the Sleep Laboratory at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley

Westwood, NJ – In today’s hurried and harried world, getting a good night’s sleep is more elusive than ever. Job pressures, money worries, and our 24/7 culture seem to conspire against getting the seven to eight hours sleep we know is good for us. Physicians tell us that not getting regular, restful sleep has a detrimental impact on health and contributes to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and memory problems. While anyone can suffer an occasional sleepless night, a pattern of not sleeping or not sleeping well should be a cause for concern.

A prime cause of non-restful sleep is snoring. Almost everyone knows someone who snores, or has been told they snore themselves. However, few people recognize that snoring may be the reason for daytime tiredness, lack of concentration, or irritability. Snoring has multiple physical causes including being overweight, medications, physical characteristics, or even sleep posture. Excessive snoring can cause relationship problems with a partner who suffers sleep deprivation as a result.

To help patients get better sleep, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley recently opened a state-of-the-art Sleep Laboratory within its new East Wing building on the hospital campus. This newly constructed, well-appointed area contains several private rooms furnished with home-like beds, comfortable chairs, large screen TV, and private bathroom. Patients are monitored through the overnight study, called a polysomnogram, by a skilled technician in a nearby control room. Sleep study results are sent to one of four physicians Georges Ghacibeh, M.D., George Lin, M.D., Jeffrey Salizzoni, M.D., or Igor Zilberman, M.D. for interpretation.

Dr. Ghacibeh is board certified in Neurology, Sleep Medicine, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology/Video-EEG. “Each study we do is individualized for the patient who is spending the night with us”, he said. The design of the study is based on our exam, the patient’s symptoms, and the report we get from the patient’s primary care provider. From the sleep study results, we can tell how long the patient actually slept, how many times they awoke during the night, and how productive their sleep was.”

Sleep problems take many forms including insomnia, REM behavior disorder, and periodic limb movements during sleep (PLMS). However, the most common reason for referral to a sleep laboratory is for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People with OSA often snore loudly and experience periods of time in which they stop breathing for several seconds, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain. This pattern can repeat itself dozens of times during the night.

People with sleep disorders often suffer for years simply because they did not realize that diagnosis and effective treatments are available. Spending the night in the Sleep Laboratory at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley could be the key to a good night’s sleep and a better state of health. To schedule an appointment at the Sleep Laboratory at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley please call 201-781-1400.

About HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley

HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is a 128-bed, full-service, acute-care community hospital, providing the same nationally recognized quality care for which Hackensack University Medical Center is known. The hospital features all private patient rooms at no additional cost, a state-of-the-art obstetrical unit, an intensive/critical care unit, five operating rooms, one special procedure room, and a cardiac catheterization laboratory. This inpatient hospital act as an anchor to many in-demand, outpatient services such as radiology, women’s health and same day surgery. For more, please visit www.hackensackumcpv.com



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