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The Latest In Sleep News:

Donít be jealous of a good nightís sleep.  Call the sleep professionals at The Bellevue Hospital Sleep Disorders Center and get the information you need to help you sleep like a baby.  
 
Sleep is as important as diet and exercise.  Adequate sleep is part of a healthy lifestyle.  

Sleep disorders may lead to the following symptoms:

  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Morning Headaches
  • Accidents
  • Irregular Heartbeat

Click here to download the Questionnaire that we will use to begin your sleep study.

Click here to download "What to expect when your doctor orders a sleep study". 


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Sleep is a healthy choice.  Call The Bellevue Hospital Sleep Disorders Center for more information on how you can achieve a better nightís sleep.

Lost sleep and the resulting daytime sleepiness affect our mood, behavior, and performance. In effect, we are how we sleep. How we sleep at night affects who we are, what we do, and how we do during the day. A night of seven to nine hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep becomes particularly important during times of high stress and anxiety.

            In order to help people address their sleep problems and their need for sleep, the National Sleep Foundation and The Bellevue Hospitalís Sleep Disorders Center offer the following information about sleep problems and symptoms that can signal inadequate sleep, and tips for helping people maximize the sleep they do get during times of high stress and anxiety:

   Donít expect to fall asleep immediately after hearing or watching disturbing news. Stop listening or watching to news programs at least one hour before going to sleep.

   Engage in a relaxing, non-alerting activity at bedtime such as reading or listening to music. For some, soaking in a warm bath or hot tub can be helpful. Avoid activities that are mentally or physically stimulating.

   Do not eat or drink too much before bedtime. Alcohol is not a sleep aid; donít use it to try to help you sleep.

   Only get into bed when you're tired. If you donít fall asleep within 15 minutes, get out of bed, go to another room and engage in a relaxing activity such as reading. Return to your bed when youíre sleepy.

   Create a sleep-promoting environment that is quiet, dark, cool and comfortable.

   Consume less or no caffeine during the day. If you feel tired, substitute a short nap of 15-20 minutes for caffeine, but for people suffering from insomnia, daytime naps should be avoided.

   Avoid alcohol and nicotine, especially close to bedtime.

   Do not exercise within three hours of bedtime.

            Seek professional help if you are unable to deal with your sleeplessness and it is becoming a problem for you.

            Remember that sleeplessness associated with an acute stressful situation usually improves on its own. Be patient.

            There are several common sleep problems associated with times of stress and anxiety. These may include:

   Insomnia: characterized by difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, waking up too early, or feeling unrefreshed upon waking. Seek the help of a physician if the problems persist for more than a few days.

   Nightmares: can increase during periods of great stress for all people, although they occur most frequently in children ages 3-6. Avoid eating or taking high-dose vitamins before bed. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, or other stimulants.

   Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) and Fatigue: characterized by difficulty concentrating or dozing while watching television or reading. It is best handled by stopping what you are doing and taking a nap or going to sleep for the night. Speak to your family physician if symptoms persist more than a few days.
HELPING CHILDREN


            At times of acute stress or trauma, parents and guardians should expect children to experience sleep problems, regardless of their age. It may take a few weeks to return to normal sleep patterns. There are things parents can do to help minimize the impact of stressful events on their children, including:

   Find out about your childís concerns and talk about them. Try to avoid those conversations at bedtime, but donít shut them off if they happen. Talk briefly and offer to continue the conversation in the morning.

   Try to maintain your childís usual bedtime and bedtime routines.

   Avoid foods and beverages containing caffeine at least four hours before bedtime, and exposure to news broadcasts at least one hour before bedtime.

   If your child has trouble falling asleep, avoid a drastic response such as everyone sleeping together. Stay near the child and offer to check on them every now and then.

   Turn on a light in the hallway or next room, but not in the bedroom. Music can provide some soothing noise, and the presence of a family pet can be reassuring.

   If your child has a nightmare, donít have a long discussion about it. Be reassuring and help the child to fall back to sleep. Talk about the dream in the morning.

   Set limits for your teenage children and keep them to a normal bedtime.

            For any additional information, contact The Bellevue Hospitalís Sleep Disorders Center at 419.483.4040, Ext. 5494.
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