Winter 2002
Z Z Z Z Z! Sleep Center

Sleep Center Do you find yourself nodding off after lunch? Do you have a hard time keeping your eyes open? Have you ever drifted off behind the wheel and awakened to find yourself drifting off the road? Does your bed partner wake you up at night to complain that your snoring is keeping him/her awake? (Or perhaps you're the patient partner who is putting up with your loved one's sound effects!)

"These can all be symptoms of a sleep disorder. But don't give up hope for a sound night's sleep," says Raymond Haddad, MD, director of the new Center for Sleep Medicine at Bridgeport Hospital. "Many sleep problems can be diagnosed and treated right here at the Center for Sleep Medicine."

Some problems can be detected with simple tests and by answering questions about your medical history. Other problems may require a polysomnogram. This test, lasting several hours, records your sleep pattern, breathing, oxygen level, heart rate and rhythm, and muscle tone while you spend the night at the Center for Sleep Medicine, in a private hotel-like room with a comfortable bed.

If the tests show that you do have a sleep disorder, there are several treatment options, depending on the cause of the problem. Treatments include behavioral approaches, such as learning new sleep habits, medications, special breathing devices, and in some cases, surgery.

Could you benefit from treatment through the Center for Sleep Medicine?

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