Blessed With Rest

By: Ivette Marques
By: Ivette Marques

It looks like a regular bedroom, but the room is part of the Archbold Hospital's Sleep Disorder Center. The coordinator says that patients arrive at 7 p.m. and are connected to electrodes that monitor their breathing, brain waves and heart rate.

Jeanette Haire, coordinator of the Sleep Disorder Center, says, "Usually it's the spouse that complains; the patient typically doesn't think there's a problem. However, the spouse is saying he snores too much or she snores too much and then there are pauses in their breathing."

Haire adds that most patients suffer from sleep apnea, and one night at the sleep center can help diagnose and treat this disorder.

Kim Blackburn of the center says, "We go page by page looking at all the data, you know, from last night, telling us what their breathing habits are or are not."

Patients that suffer from sleep apnea can use a CPAP to treat the disorder. The machine not only helps patient breathe easier, but it also helps treat other long-term health problems.

Haire says, "You're trying to breathe, but for whatever reason you're not getting in your air and oxygen and things like that."

Haire says that people with sleep apnea have very fragmented sleep and usually only get about four or five hours of sleep a night.

A simple sleep study can make a difference for these folks, catching a few good Zs. The Archbold Sleep Disorder Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and it is the only accredited center in our area.


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