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.
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