Saint Michael's Medical Center Offers Tips for Getting Z's During Better Sleep Month, May

Saint Michael's Medical Center Offers Tips for Getting Z's During Better Sleep Month, May

05-08-2014

Saint Michael's Medical Center Offers Tips for Getting Z's During Better Sleep Month, May

Newark, NJ— May marks Better Sleep Month and the Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center (SMMC) urges its patients to get more rest.

“There are many physical and psychological issues which can disrupt one’s sleep,” said Alan J. Klukowicz, M.D., FCCP, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at SMMC. “Sleep is essential to maintaining good health and lack of rest can lead to more health issues than one might think.”

According to the Better Sleep Council, nearly 50 percent of Americans say they don’t get enough sleep, but less than half of them take any one specific action to help them get better sleep. Not catching enough z’s can cause irritability, stress and increase the possibility of work or automobile-related accidents. Other sleep-related problems include obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome. These conditions can lead to difficult to control hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, dementia and elevated blood sugar levels.

Some tips for getting better sleep include:

1. Avoid caffeine late in the day and late-night snacking.
2. Establish a bedtime routine to train your body (and mind) to get ready to rest.
3. Keep a consistent sleep schedule—go to bed and wake up around the same times each night and day.
4. Avoid electronics such as TV and cell phones before, or while in bed.
5. Get enough exercise and try and do so earlier in the day.

“Many people dismiss their sleep issues and do not realize the consequences that can result,” said Dr. Klukowicz. “We all have sleepless nights from time to time, but those experiencing difficulty sleeping on a frequent basis should consult with their doctor.”

SMMC is home to a state-of-the-art, four-bedroom sleep lab offering evaluation, testing and treatment for disorders of sleeping and waking. The Center features private rooms in a comfortable, home-like setting and sleep doctors are available for consultation.

For a physician referral or more information about the Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center, please call 973-877-5000, or visit www.smmcnj.org.

Established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a 357-bed regional tertiary-care, teaching, and research center in the heart of Newark’s business and educational district. Saint Michael’s Medical Center is currently a member of CHE-Trinity Health. More information is available atwww.smmcnj.org.

Contact:

Cathy Toscano
Director of Communications
Marketing and Public Relations
Saint Michael’s Medical Center
(O): 973.596.3804 / (C): 973.803.2055
ctoscano@smmcnj.org

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