The Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital is a comprehensive program that brings state-of-the-art sleep medicine to our community. The Sleep Wellness Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) as a sleep disorders center, one of only 13 in Connecticut to achieve the Academy's highest level of accreditation.
The Sleep Wellness Center is staffed by highly trained physicians and polysomnographists trained in state-of-the-art sleep medicine techniques. Under the direction of K. Marya Chaisson, MD, a board certified pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine physician, the center serves approximately 1,300 patients per year who come to the Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital seeking help for sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy.
Conveniently located on the 1st floor of Griffin Hospital, the four-bed Sleep Wellness Center incorporates Griffin Hospital's patient-centered Planetree model of care, with beautifully appointed sleep study rooms, complete with satin sheets and mahogany finishes to increase the comfort of the patient and help ensure a quality sleep study.
The Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital has been awarded Beta Research Site designation for product design and development by Medcare Sleep Diagnostics, the Netherlands and Vermont Medical. This designation brings world class sleep medicine to the Lower Naugatuck Valley and assures on-going state-of-the-art diagnostic sleep services for the future. The Beta site designation ensures that this will continue unparalleled anywhere else in the state and equipment improvements and innovations will continue to be available to The Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital and its patients. Unlike other area sleep laboratories, sleep disorders centers and sleep clinics, the agreement with Medcare and Vermed guarantees patients will never be subjected to old or obsolete sleep diagnostic equipment or procedures.
It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans are plagued with some form of a chronic sleep or wake disorder. Research during the past 20 years has contributed greatly to our understanding of sleep disorders. It is now an accepted medical fact that snoring or daytime sleepiness may indicate a severe medical disorder.
Today most sleep disorders can be effectively treated. As part of the Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital, the first step is an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes all that is needed is a discussion session with a sleep specialist.
In other cases, it is necessary to monitor a patient for one or more nights in order to discover the cause of the disorder. The patient stays overnight in a private room in the Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital. Sleep patterns, breathing, heart activity and body movements are monitored throughout the night by a sleep technologist.
Upon completion, the Medical Director recommends treatment procedures, many of which can be carried out by the patient's own referring physician. Some problems respond to simple relaxation techniques. Others the use of a breathing device, drug therapy or minor surgery.
Services provided under the program include sleep hygiene counseling, dietary and exercise programs, relaxation therapy, respiratory therapy, compliance programs and sleep disorders support groups.
The diagnostic and treatment costs vary depending on the sleep or wakefulness disorder. The costs for evaluation are generally covered by insurance. Your primary care physician may be required to provide and pre-authorization may be needed.
The Sleep Wellness Center is located within Griffin Hospital on the first floor. To schedule an appointment, call the office at 203-732-7571 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or have your physician arrange for you to be evaluated.
Some of the more common sleep disorders treated at the Sleep Wellness Center include:
We used to think snoring was funny -- but it is no longer a laughing matter. Heavy snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea -- a serious sleep disorder characterized by breathing irregularities and sometimes the complete cessation of breathing for as long as 90 seconds. These "apneas" can occur several hundred times a night. They can contribute to high blood pressure and be life threatening.
Restless Leg Syndrome
This is an unpleasant "creepy crawly" sensation that occurs in the legs at bed time. This frustrating and sometimes painful sensation can prevent and/or disrupt a person's sleep.
This problem is characterized by the inability to fall asleep, the inability to stay asleep or both. There are many possible causes of insomnia such as chronic depression, temporary stress, misuse of sleeping pills, irregular breathing, chronic pain and disruption of the regular sleep-wake pattern such as that caused by shift work.
The major symptom of narcolepsy is daytime sleepiness. People suffering from this disorder fall asleep at inappropriate times and occasionally at dangerous times such as while driving. Muscular weakness and terrifying dreams often accompany narcolepsy, which afflicts approximately 250,000 people.