For more information, call: 877-CENTEGRA

News: Sleep support group to gather at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock

 Centegra Health System provides a support group for people with sleep apnea, their family members and friends. The group is part of the American Sleep Apnea Association’s AWAKE network. AWAKE stands for Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic.

The support group provides education and idea sharing for people who are affected by sleep-disordered breathing. The group meets on a quarterly basis at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock in classrooms A and B.

At the next meeting of the support group, respiratory therapist Scott Barth will talk about, “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Maintenance and Your Health.” The meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, 3701 Doty Road, in classrooms A and B. Registration is required. Call 877-CENTEGRA to register. Also save the date for the group’s next meeting Wednesday, June 4. Register for each meeting by calling 877-CENTEGRA (236-8347).

For millions of Americans of all ages, a good night’s sleep is elusive. However, many sleep disorders can be diagnosed and physicians can provide treatment to help. Sleep problems may be caused by disorders in various systems of the body. Sleep apnea, for example, can be an airway, neurologic or combined disorder while narcolepsy is a neurological disorder.

Centegra’s Sleep Services Department helps physicians diagnose and treat sleep disorders. The Centegra Sleep Services staff works directly with board-certified physicians to provide patients with compassionate, high-quality care. During a sleep study, a technologist records an assortment of measurements while a patient sleeps. The patient is painlessly connected to various monitors that record breathing, heart rate, muscle movement and other key factors. Sleep services available at Centegra range from age 5 and above. Parents of sleep services patients may stay overnight in a designated area. Centegra also provides the continuum of services for treatment and follow up including medical equipment for rent or purchase.

Those who think they may have a sleep disorder are encouraged to talk to their physician and ask for a referral to the Centegra Sleep Services Department. Sleep services are located at Route 14 and Doty Road, Woodstock and 1122 N. Main St., Algonquin. They may also call 877-CENTEGRA or visit centegra.org/sleep for more information.