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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Need Some Sleep – Can’t Get There?


Munson Sleep Disorders Center offers experienced polysomnographic technologists will
monitor brain waves, heartbeat, respiration, and body movement during sleep.

Need Some Sleep – Can’t Get There?
World Sleep Day on March 15 is a call to hit the hay

Babies and baby boomers sometimes have the same problem – the need for sleep, but a problem getting there.

Many older adults accept problems with their sleep as an inevitable part of aging, but it is important to realize that the prevalence of many sleep disorders also increases with age.

World Sleep Day (Friday, March 15), organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, emphasizes that good sleep remains important for any age. Munson Healthcare board certified sleep specialist Cindy Nichols, Ph.D., said respiratory disorders, changes in circadian sleep cycles, medical and psychiatric illnesses, and increased medicine use all can contribute to poor quality sleep for baby boomers.

Nichols, along with five other sleep specialists at Munson, encourages northern Michigan residents to take their sleep seriously and seek medical advice when sleep becomes more of a chore than a rest. Symptoms of potential sleep disorders include: waking up weary, difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, an inability to tolerate stress, snoring or breath-holding when sleeping, falling asleep during the afternoon; and many more.

“If you are an older adult, good quality sleep is within reach. It might mean discussing medications with your physician, making changes in your sleep schedule, or getting treatment for other conditions that are interfering with your sleep,” she said.

Munson Healthcare offers six sleep specialists who have board certification by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The Munson Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and has eight beds in Traverse City.

“Some people with sleep problems need testing in a sleep center, some testing can be done in the home, and some people do not require a sleep test to diagnose the cause of the sleep problem, Nichols said. She advises consumers to find out if their sleep specialists is board-certified and to have any recommended testing performed by an accredited facility.

Munson Sleep Disorders Center Manager Jon Wyckoff, RPSGT said often patients come to the center after referral from a primary care physician or other specialist, but staff are happy to provide information about normal sleep and sleep disorders directly to the patient by phone.

When patients are referred to the Munson Sleep Disorders Center, a staff of experienced polysomnographic technologists will monitor brain waves, heartbeat, respiration, and body movement during sleep.

Nichols said while sleeping at the center may not be as natural as at home, it will usually provide sleep specialists with the information needed. A sleep sample, much like a blood draw provides a person’s blood sample and helps provide an accurate diagnosis of problems.

Munson sleep specialists are: Charles Gwizdala, M.D.; John Krcmarik, M.D.; James Milliken, M.D., Margaret Moen, M.D.; Nichols; and David Walker, D.O. All are board-certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

For more information about the Munson Sleep Disorders Center, call (231) 935-6600 or 1-800-358-9641. Information also can be found online at munsonhealthcare.org/sleep. Information on sleep specialists can be obtained by calling Munson’s HealthLink at 1-800-533-5520.