Well, there is one exception, and there's a very good chance you're a prime candidate.
Seriously though, you'll be quite comfortable at either location, and the staff of doctors and technologists is nonpareil. They say most any health plan covers the diagnostic and treatment, and unlike many other types of medical treatment, prospective patients don't need referral from a primary care physician. Another thing you don't need to endure is invasive surgical procedures.
Sleep Disorders Center Medical Director, Dr. Jose Mendez, says the only investment you need to make is to come in for a consultation, based upon which you might be urged to come in and spend a night sleeping while attached to apparatus that measures nearly twenty aspects of your physiology. If you can handle that - and really, considering how much you could benefit, who can't handle it? - you might just have a whole new life ahead of you.
Dr. Mendez says one in five American adults suffers, or has suffered, from sleep apnea, a condition in which the breathing passage relaxes so much that the brain intermittently wakes itself and the body up, reopening the passage ... until sleep returns and the cycle begins anew. This can happen dozens to literally hundreds of times in one night, and most if not all of the reawakenings go unremembered. So, if you're nodding off while reading this (other than because of this writer's natural tendency to put people to sleep), if your partner says you snore a lot, or if you frequently feel groggy after what you thought was a full night's rest, it's worth a look to see whether you have sleep apnea.
But it goes on from there. You could unwittingly have narcolepsy, insomnia, or any of a number of sleep disorders. Treatments can vary, but the end results are often similar: patients thank Dr. Mendez profusely for 'giving them their lives back'. The good doctor says that kind of fulfillment is a major reason he's become so passionate about this specialty. It's no exaggeration; anything that deprives the body of the recuperative sleep it needs can lead to accidents in the workplace, at home, or at the steering wheel, that have fatal consequences. Sleep apnea is also blamed for shortening countless lives by leading to or aggravating heart disease and causing heart attacks. Patients often find that other maladies such as hypertension melt away when their sleep disorders are solved.
Despite being in its infancy, the study, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders has come a long way. During a diagnostic visit the staff has a big leg up on Santa Claus: They not only know when you're sleeping or awake, they know whether your eyes are open or closed, your heart rate, breathing rate, how frequently and how loud you're snoring, your stage of sleep, what position you're lying in, and many more data. The machines record all of these measurements simultaneously for the entire night, allowing doctors to match up what's happening among any or all of them at any given point. The equipment itself is almost as amazing as what it can do for the patient.
By the way, Dr. Mendez cautions that we shouldn't assume that diminished sleep quality is a function of one's age. If you even think your time with the Sandman is being cut short, Dr. Mendez urges you to get checked out.
Sure, as the saying goes, you'll get all the sleep you need when you're dead, but why not get what you need while you're still alive to enjoy it?!
For more information, go to www.danburyhospital.org and click "Sleep Disorders Center" on the "Select a Department" drag-down menu. You may also call (203) 739-8033, and best of all, you don't have to live within a stone's throw of Danbury - they'll help you on your way to improved sleep and a better life ... overnight!