Getting a good night's sleep just got easier with the opening of the new Sleep Center at Crouse Hospital. Conveniently located on the second floor of the hospital’s Memorial Unit, the full-service, state-of-the-art facility features six private suites and offers patients all the comforts of home along with Crouse's signature commitment to quality care and patient safety. Crouse had previously operated a two-bed sleep lab across the street from the main hospital.
Recent studies show a growing link between sleep disorders and a variety of serious health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. It's estimated that about 70 million people have sleep-related problems, while about 40 million people suffer from actual sleep disorders. Particularly common is sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, but is twice as common in men as in women. Studies have linked sleep apnea to high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and irregular heartbeat.
"The opening of the Sleep Center at Crouse Hospital not only incorporates the most advanced monitoring and diagnostic technology available, it also provides added comfort and convenience for patients. Valet parking, home-like rooms and our accessible location will enable us to expand our program to meet the growing demand for services," says Stephen Alkins, MD, medical director for Sleep Services, who adds that patients and their physicians can also expect prompt scheduling and evaluation.
At the Sleep Center, patients spend a night where they are monitored for sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and other sleep/wake disorders. The new facility includes six private bedroom suites, bath and showers, Internet access and a free complimentary continental breakfast for patients the next morning.
Crouse’s sleep experts have extensive training, according to Dr. Alkins, who is board certified in sleep medicine. “Our polysomnographic (sleep) technologists are credentialed in both sleep and respiratory therapy. Our technologists will monitor the study, teach the patient about good sleep habits and health as well as provide education on the use of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices and masks that are available should the need arise."
The Sleep Center at Crouse Hospital is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “This means we’re recognized as being able to provide our patients with the highest level of quality in sleep diagnosis and treatment,” states Dr. Alkins.
For more information about the new Sleep Center at Crouse Hospital call 315/470-7440.