Chilton Hospital Helps the Community Sleep Better Through Free Sleep Health Screening Program|
People tend to sleep more in the long winter months. However, those who believe they are getting adequate amounts of sleep may actually not be sleeping well at all, and it can be hazardous to their health.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who don’t get enough sleep are susceptible to a variety of serious ailments, many of which can shorten one’s life. In addition, they may experience a reduced quality of life and productivity.
“A common sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea causes a person to temporarily stop breathing during sleep, and increases the risk for many cardiovascular diseases including heart attack and stroke,” explained John Penek, MD, FCCP, board certified in Sleep Medicine and Medical Director of the Sleep Health Institute at Chilton Hospital. “Obstructive sleep apnea has also been associated with incontinence, depression, behavioral changes, energy and memory loss, irritability, and sexual dysfunction. However, it can be diagnosed in a painless, comfortable environment and treated easily in many cases.”
Chilton Hospital’s Sleep Health Institute is offering Free Sleep Heath Screenings as a first step to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
Those who aren’t sleeping healthy can start the New Year off right by receiving help: There are five screenings scheduled for the beginning of 2013, all on Monday evenings:
- January 7
- January 21
- February 4
- February 18
- March 4
The Free Sleep Health Screenings feature one-on-one visits with a Chilton sleep professional for individualized assessment. The personalized nature of the screenings identifies if attendees are at a risk for sleep disorder and determines if further evaluations are needed with sleep specialists. The screenings are held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (about 1.5 miles from the hospital). For more information, call (973) 831-5351. Registration is available at www.chiltonhealth.org
Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.