Summer 2011
Could You Have a Sleep Disorder?


Do you
  • Sleep like a log but feel groggy and tired throughout the day?
  • Snore loudly at night?
  • Wake up frequently during the night?
  • Feel painful or crawling sensations in your legs at bedtime?
  • Have vivid, frightening or violent dreams?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder. There are many types of sleep disorders—obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias (nightmares, sleep walking), periodic limb movement disorder and restless leg syndrome— that can prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep.

“A good night’s sleep of seven to eight hours each night is essential for feeling refreshed and alert during the day,” says Medical Director of Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine Armand Wolff, MD, FCCP, FAASM. “And sleep is also important to all major functions of the body. Studies show that people who get fewer than seven hours of ‘quality sleep’ a night on a regular basis could develop serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and weight gain.”

“Studies show that people who sleep fewer than seven hours of ‘quality sleep’ a night on a regular basis could develop serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and weight gain.” – Armand Wolff, MD

A sleep study is the first step in identifying an undiagnosed sleep disorder. During a sleep study, a patient’s breathing, brain waves and heartbeat are monitored for an entire night. After the study, the physician reviews the data and develops a personalized treatment plan to improve the patient’s quality of sleep.

If you think you may have a sleep disorder, please talk to your doctor about a referral for a consultation or sleep study. Or call Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine directly at 203-384-3817.


Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine
The experts at Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine provide sophisticated diagnostic testing and comprehensive treatment for adults and children (age 3 and older) who struggle to get a good night’s rest due to an undiagnosed sleep disorder.

The Center recently relocated its diagnostic sleep studies to the newly renovated Bridgeport Holiday Inn. Patients relax in the comfort of their own private hotel room and, in the morning, can enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet. Plus, patients are welcome to all the amenities of the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, including the indoor pool, fitness center and high-speed wireless Internet.

New Sleep Diagnostic Suite at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn
Now Open: New Sleep Diagnostic Suite at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn

The Center’s Consultation Suite at Bridgeport Hospital houses the physician and clinical specialists’ offices for consultation and followup visits.

The Center for Sleep Medicine is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. For more information, please call 203-384-3817.

For a free sleep quiz, “How Tired Are You?”, please call us toll free, 24/7, at 1-800-794-5013.