Beebe Medical Center to Offer Free Sleep Screenings
In an effort to increase awareness about the importance of sleep and the treatment of sleep disorders, Beebe Medical Center's Sleep Disorder Center will offer free sleep disorder screenings and education by appointment on February 9, 10 and 12. The Sleep Disorder Center is located at the Beebe Health Campus on John J. Williams Hwy, in the Medical Arts Building on the 2nd floor, suite 213.
Appointments are available from 8 a.m. until noon on February 9, and from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on February 10 and 12. These sleep screenings will consist of an interview from a registered sleep technologist and will include education material on a variety of sleep disorders, and tips for getting a better night's sleep. The Sleep Disorder Center is committed to educating the community by providing education to promote a healthier community. Please call (302) 645-3186 to make an appointment.
Beebe Medical Center's Sleep Disorder Center works year-around with the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) to increase awareness of the health problems that come from inadequate sleep due to a sleep disorder, and that these sleep disorders can be diagnosed and treated successfully. According to a 2008 poll performed by the National Sleep Foundation, as many as 29% of workers reported being very sleepy at work and 36% of workers reported nodding off while driving, at least once a month. American workers have always been known for their long work hours. The disturbing trend is the reported decline in the quantity and quality of sleep. This presents vigorous challenges for society from a standpoint of personal health, public safety, and overall quality of life.
Overall, only 49% of the public (NSF Poll 2005) reported getting a good night's sleep most of the time. Occasionally, the key to a good night's sleep can be correcting bad sleep patterns and behaviors (sleep hygiene) such as caffeine intake, noisy sleep environment, etc. Other sleep problems can result from a more serious sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or restless legs syndrome. These disorders are more complicated and should have a medical plan and treatment from a physician to improve quality and quantity of sleep.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org