Jackson County Regional Health Center Will Offer Services For Sleep Disorders
Your snore keeps the entire household awake...you find yourself nodding off behind the steering wheel...you have crawling sensations in your legs...insomnia plagues your nights.
Jackson County Regional Health Center offers sleep services that can help patients get better sleep and awaken feeling more refreshed. The new program, affiliated with the nationally accredited Genesis Sleep Disorders Center, treats excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, apnea, insomnia, sleeping walking and childhood problems.
Minor renovations will transform two rooms at the hospital into suite-like bedrooms for sleep studies. The studies will be offered Thursday and Friday nights, 51 weeks a year. Primary care providers and other physicians can make referrals for the sleep studies.
Dr. Stephen Rasmus and Dr. Akshay Mahadevia are the medical directors for the Genesis Sleep centers, and along with Dr. John Wright and Dr. Irena Charyaz-Birski, interpret the sleep studies performed at Jackson County Regional Health Center.
About 20 percent of Americans are affected in some way by sleep disorders and 77 percent of those affected remain undiagnosed.
“Sleep disorders may be one of the most overlooked and undiagnosed
conditions suffered by Americans. We’re learning much more about the
importance of good sleep as study after study indicates that poor sleep
can be a factor in obesity, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and heart
The most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause significant negative health impacts. After diagnosis following a controlled sleep examination, patients are sometimes fitted with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. The machine delivers a stream of compressed air to the patient so that unobstructed breathing becomes possible.