Chilton Hospital Helps the Community Sleep Better Through Free Sleep Health Screening Program|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that a lack of sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression.
The CDC states that more than a quarter of the U.S. population reports occasionally not getting enough sleep. A common sleep disorder in particular, obstructive sleep apnea, is especially hazardous to one’s health.
“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. “It 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.
There are six screenings scheduled between March and May 2013, all on Monday evenings:
- March 4
- March 11
- April 8
- April 22
- May 6
- May 20
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 on the Sleep Health Institute's web page.
Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Chilton recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. It is also 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. In addition, Chilton is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center a weight loss surgery program and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. 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.