Mary Adekunle , Clinical Director of Bacharach’s Sleep Centers talks about Sleep Awareness.
National Sleep Awareness Week brings attention to the 50 to 70 million adult Americans who have a sleep disorder.
During National Sleep Awarenss Week, Bacharach is proud to be part of the sleep solution by helping patients overcome their sleep disorders at their Joint Commission-accredited Sleep Center.
The Bacharach Sleep Center treats a wide variety of sleep disorders including: sleep apnea, periodic limb movement, parasomnias, sleep related seizures and more. The Center is fully equipped to monitor and study anyone age 2 and older.
“Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise,” said Mary Adekunle, Clinical Director of Bacharach’s Sleep Center. “When you have adequate sleep you are mentally sharp and able to function better. Lack of sleep can put you at risk for accidents, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. In children adequate sleep is vital to learning and development. Sleep also helps us maintain a healthy immune system to fight germs and infections.”
The Center offers two treatment options. The first is a lab sleep study when patients stay at the Sleep Center overnight to have their brain activity, breathing, heart rate, oxygenation and other indicators closely monitored.
The second option is a sleep apnea screening test which takes place at home. For this test patients meet with an experienced technician at the Sleep Center. The technician provides a sleep study unit and instructions on using it at home to monitor their sleep and screen for sleep apnea.
“Many people think their body is not active during sleep, but it is actually when your organs get a tune up,” said Mary. “Everyone needs to make sure they are getting five to seven hours of sleep which will help with the overall health and wellness of the body.”
In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, here are some tips from Mary on how to get a good night’s sleep:
- Make sure your environment is conducive to sleep; there should no clutter, your cellphone should be turned off and it should be dark, quiet and cool.
- It is important to maintain a bedtime and have a regular routine.
- Your last meal for the day should be at least 2 hours prior to your bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine close to your bedtime.
- An hour before going to bed start winding down and preparing for bed. Make sure you do not perform a lot of activities in the bedroom and that you keep it as a place to sleep.
For any questions about the Bacharach Sleep Center or to schedule a sleep study please call 609-748-5405.