Mary Adekunle is Clinical Director of the Bacharach Sleep Disorders Center
In response to the 50 to 70 million adults in the United States who have a chronic sleep disorder or intermittent sleep problem, every March the National Sleep Foundation sponsors Sleep Awareness Week to educate the public on the health benefits of sleep and its importance to safety and productivity.
Types of sleep disorders include sleep apnea, nocturnal seizure, and parasomnias, and these issues are not only disruptive to physical and mental health, they can also be life threatening.
If you frequently experience snoring or choking during sleep, excessive fatigue, morning headaches, dry mouth, narcolepsy, daydreaming, difficulty falling asleep or staying awake, anxiety about sleeping, tingling in the legs or involuntary leg movements during sleep, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder and need to make an appointment with the sleep team at Bacharach’s fully equipped Sleep Center.
One of the first hospitals in southern New Jersey to treat sleep disorders, the Sleep Center at Bacharach is an eight-bed sleep and neurodiagnostics center that has been designed to make patients feel relaxed and comfortable with amenities you’d find at a luxury hotel. Patients work with a team of registered sleep technologists, respiratory therapists and board-certified physicians to determine why patients are having difficulty sleeping, and then they create an individualized care plan to help patients get the sleep they need.
The Center offers multiple non-medicated, non-invasive testing options for different types of sleep disorders in both children and adults, including polysomnograms, home sleep testing, multiple sleep latency tests, maintenance of wakefulness tests and CPAP, BiPAP and ASV titration. If patients are prescribed a sleep study, our sleep technologists will monitor their sleep, collecting data on brainwave activity, eye movements, blood oxygen levels, respiration, heart rate, airflow through the nose and mouth and movement of muscles and limbs.
Bacharach also offers the only pediatric sleep center in the region. In some cases of childhood obesity, bedwetting, sleepwalking, nightmares and difficult in school, a sleep disorder may be the cause. Mary Adekunle, clinical director at the Bacharach Sleep Center, explained, “Children who have interrupted sleep during the night may not be getting the oxygen levels they need. Adults who do not get enough sleep will get tired during the day, but children will get hyper from lack of sleep and are often diagnosed with ADHD.”
To make an appointment or to learn more about how Bacharach’s Sleep Center will help you rest easier, call 609-748-5405.