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Press Release: Sleep Disorder Institute Participates In Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Disorder Institute Participates In Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center made the answer clear, “Sleep Health is linked to brain, heart, lung and muscle function.”

 Just how important are those eight hours of shut-eye? During Sleep Awareness Week last week, the medical staff at the Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center made the answer clear. “Sleep Health is linked to brain, heart, lung and muscle function,” explained Jack Horng, M.D. FCCP, medical director of the Sleep Disorder Institute and a pulmonologist with Rockland Pulmonary and Medical Associates, part of Bon Secours Medical Group. “Research also shows that sleep disruptions or lack of sleep affect our short-term memory, mood and ability to concentrate during the day. Weight gain also may be seen among patients who are sleep deprived.”

While Sleep Awareness Week, promoted by the National Sleep Foundation, highlights the importance of Sleep Health, Dr. Horng and his staff at the Sleep Disorder Institute work year-round to increase public and professional awareness of sleep disorders and to provide comprehensive care in the field of Sleep Medicine. “The benefits of sleep are underestimated by our society,” Dr. Horng said. “We work long hours to keep up with professional/academic demands and accept stimulants such as coffee, tea and sodas to compensate for our sleep deprivation. This feeds into a lack of sleep at night as well.”

Leading a team of board-certified Sleep Medicine specialists, Dr. Horng evaluates and treats patients with sleep disorders such as episodic acute insomnia, experienced by more than 50% of the general population at some point in their lifetime. “Approximately one in three people complain of experiencing sleep disruptions,” said Dr. Horng, “and a tenth of the population suffers from a daytime functional impairment consistent with a diagnosis of insomnia.”

Dr. Horng added that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which patients stop breathing during sleep, is present in 4-6% of the population and is an important condition that can worsen hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and behavioral disorders. Other disorders evaluated at the Sleep Disorder Institute include snoring, which Dr. Horng described as common and increasingly prevalent as we age, as well as restless leg syndrome/periodic leg movement syndrome, which affects 10% of the population in the U.S. but is often misdiagnosed as insomnia or other neurological disorders. Also treated at the Institute are narcolepsy, R.E.M Behavior Disorder, parasomnia/sleep walking and talking, circadian rhythm disorders and shift work disorder.

Regardless of the type of sleep disorder, Dr. Horng stressed the importance of evaluating a patient’s sleep within the broader context of his or her overall health. “The biggest myth among my patient population, and even referring physicians, is that polysomnographic (sleep) study is used to answer why a person sleeps poorly.” He emphasized that all tests, including sleep studies, need to be coupled with a clinical diagnosis or suspicion to be confirmed or negated. “An insomniac taking a sleep study without a history or physical exam will not have an answer to why the person does not sleep,” he explained.

Dr. Hong went on to say that although eight hours has been advocated as good amount of sleep, our body actually will tell us how much sleep we need, and this changes as we age. “There are short sleepers who can get away with four to five hours of sleep and function well without daytime sleepiness. On the other hand, there are people who sleep 9-10 hours a night and still feel like they need to nap to catch up with their sleep.” He observed that we typically deprive ourselves of sleep during the workweek and try to catch up on the weekends. “A good rule would be to strive for whatever number of hours of sleep you need so you don’t feel the need for stimulants or naps to keep you functioning during the day.”

Schervier Pavilion Residents Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

On Tuesday, March 17, Schervier Pavilion residents and staff who call themselves Irish or were just Irish for the day, assembled in the dining room of the facility to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, song and refreshments.

Schervier Pavilion, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility licensed by the New York State Department of Health. Dedicated to the highest standard of health care excellence, its full range of services, such as its therapeutic recreational program, are designed to respond to each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

In addition to special St. Patrick’s Day refreshments including ice cream, residents were treated to live entertainment by popular singer and musician Chris Durante whose lively music included some Irish favorites along with Elvis Presley era tunes.

“We hosted this and other events to give our residents and often their families an opportunity to share a holiday tradition,” said Schervier Pavilion Director of Recreation Kari Call. “We’re happy that our residents were able to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day celebration.”

Celebrating annual and ethnic events are important at Schervier Pavilion. They offer an opportunity for residents to get together, recall their own roots, enjoy the festive occasion and talk about it later while looking forward to the next celebration. Opportunities, by the way, to participate in traditions like St. Patrick’s Day and other events are always available to the residents at Schervier Pavilion.

In addition to quality long term care services, Schervier Pavilion also offers a wide range of short-term (sub acute) care needs. Its sub acute services include IV therapy, rehabilitation therapy and wound care. These services afford residents the ability to recuperate for a short time in the sub-acute unit of the facility and then return home where they can resume a more independent life. In some cases, they can then enter Schervier Pavilion’s Day-At-A-Time, an innovative medical adult day care program that provides nursing services, medication administration, ongoing evaluations, and stimulating activities tailored to each individual’s needs and abilities.