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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.