Do you wake up groggy? Are you tired of your partner snoring and keeping you up at night? You’re not alone. In the U.S., more than 100 million people of all ages regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep. To help combat this widespread health problem, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital now offers a sleep lab.
“Lack of sleep can lead to decreased job performance, on-the-job accidents and even medical illnesses,” said Shani Zinn, director of clinical services, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. “Providing the Dowagiac area and surrounding communities with a sleep lab not only offers an added convenience, but also ensures greater access to state-of-the-art medicine.”
The sleep lab includes two sleep rooms in a home-like atmosphere, specifically designated for overnight sleep studies, and a monitoring room for the technician. A sleep study involves allowing trained sleep technologists to track activity in the brain, heart, lungs, eyes, arms and legs via monitoring devices while a patient rests in a quiet, secure setting. These studies are designed to help diagnose common sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, periodic leg movements of sleep (PLMS or “restless leg syndrome”) and insomnia.
Sleep study results will be reviewed and interpreted by Dr. Mark Goetting, a board-certified sleep medicine specialist, and provided to each patient’s primary care physician for follow-up treatment. Dr. Goetting is a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
To make a referral, call 877.787.5337, or for questions or more information, call 269.782.6022, ext. 4362.