September 6, 2013, Toms River, NJ - Getting a good night sleep is important for your health, but for millions of people with chronic sleep problems, along with their partners or spouse, getting a good night sleep is only a dream. If you are kept awake by a partner who snores, or you wake up feeling tired every morning, you or your loved one may be at risk for a sleep disorder.
According to The National Sleep Foundation, sleep-related studies reveal that the impact of snoring, daytime fatigue, insomnia, and other sleep disorders can be a sign of a serious health condition and put a person at risk heart attack and stroke and affect one’s ability to maintain a healthy weight.
“Snoring, especially heavy snoring that disturbs a bed partner’s sleep, is often associated with a condition known as sleep apnea, which may increase one’s risk of hypertension, arrhythmias, and sudden death during sleep,” says Gerald Ferencz, MD, Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Disorders at Community Medical Center.
Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep. Although the person may go to sleep for 6-8 hours a night, because their breathing is interrupted during sleep, the individual is not able to achieve a deep sleep. As a result, the person is sleep deprived and may wake up feeling tired, have difficulty concentrating, fall asleep at work or fall asleep while driving. The good news is that sleep apnea is a condition that can be easily diagnosed and treated.
The Center for Sleep Disorders at Community Medical Center is the only center in Ocean County accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and offers a full range of services used in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of sleep-related disorders. The Center is equipped with the latest in monitoring equipment, providing the opportunity for full overnight sleep studies and at home sleep study monitoring for sleep apnea.
The Center for Sleep Disorders is located at two locations at 67 Highway 37 West, Riverwood 1 Building, Toms River, NJ (on the Community Medical Center campus) and at 697 Mill Creek Road, Suite 7, Manahawkin, NJ.
For more information about sleep disorders, please call 732.557.2798 or visit www.barnabashealth.org/community.
CONTACT: Jean Flaherty