Monday, February 15, 2010

Sleep Centers Work Hard to Make Falling Asleep Easy

Advances in medicine, treatment options, and public awareness have led more people to undergo sleep studies, according to a recent Boston Globe article.

More than 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition can be diagnosed with a sleep study at a sleep center.

Learn more about sleep studies here.

Many people worry they will not be able to sleep in a strange place. But sleep centers work hard to make their patients as comfortable as possible.

South Shore Sleep Diagnostics opened a state-of-the-art sleep center this weekend. It is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Like sleep labs across the country, the new center aims to make its patients feel at-ease. With the amenities offered, patients might confuse the center for a hotel.

Each bedroom has a private bathroom and 50-inch flat-screen TV. The queen-sized beds are lined with feathers and covered in 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding. The rooms have complimentary, non-alcoholic wet bars and patients enjoy coffee and pastries in the morning. The center even offers a shuttle service for seniors.

“We wanted to stay away from the institutional approach,’’ said Dr. Anit T. Patel, medical director at South Shore Sleep Diagnostics. “We realize it’s hard enough to sleep away from your own bed as it is.’’

Sleep specialists and technologists monitor patients’ health throughout the night from a nearby room. Electrodes track each patient’s breathing, brain waves, heart rate, and blood pressure.

There are more than 1,900 AASM-accredited sleep labs. AASM accreditation identifies sleep medicine providers who offer the highest quality of medical care for people with sleep problems. AASM-accreditation began in 1975.

Find a sleep center near you.

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