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3/4/2008 St. Mary Medical Center

St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics offers appointments by self-referral

HOBART – Do you or your loved one find that you can’t get a good night’s sleep because one of you snores? Have you ever had a creeping, crawling sensation in your legs that gives you an irresistible urge to move and disrupts your sleep? Sleep is essential to our well-being, yet, most people are unaware of its importance and do not talk about it with their doctors.

St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics may be able to help. Sleep deprivation associated with untreated sleep disorders affects productivity, is linked to serious medical conditions, and can depress one's outlook and quality of life. But, the good news is that of the more than 70 identified sleep disorders, most can be effectively treated once correctly diagnosed.

St. Mary Medical Center offers advanced medical equipment and qualified professionals to assist with the proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Now, those who think they may be suffering from a sleep disruption can be evaluated by a board-certified sleep specialist at St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics. The physician providing the evaluation will order appropriate diagnostic testing and make necessary treatment recommendations.

“Sleep diagnostic services can help to improve the overall health and well-being of our patients and we are pleased to be able to offer access to this specialized care without physician referral,” said Janice Ryba, Hospital Administrator of St. Mary Medical Center.

There is growing research that suggests that untreated sleep disorders can be linked to serious medical conditions that can depress one’s outlook and adversely affect the quality of life.

Conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes and stroke may all be related to untreated sleep apnea. The good news is – once identified, sleep apnea can easily be treated.

The Sleep Diagnostic Lab is located on the fifth floor of the hospital at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. in Hobart. Besides a reception area, procedure room and evaluation room, the lab is equipped with two comfortable, homelike bedrooms each furnished with an adjustable mattress, TV/VCR, nightstand, desk, sink and lounge chair and bathroom.

A sleep evaluation can be scheduled by self-referral on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 2 to 6 p.m. Call St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics Lab to make an appointment with a board-certified sleep specialist, 219-947-6790.

CONTACT: 219-947-6381 Elise Sims, manager Marketing & Communications St. Mary Medical Center