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Mesfin Seifu, MD
269 Portland Way S,
Galion OH, 44833
419-462-3340
1063 Harding Memorial Parkway,
Marion, OH 43302
740-387-4037
419-462-3340


269 Portland Way S
Galion, Ohio 44833
419-468-0864

 

 

MYTH:

Health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and depression have no relation to the amount and quality of a person’s sleep.

FACT:

More and more scientific studies are showing correlations between poor quality sleep and/or insufficient sleep with a variety of diseases.

MYTH:

During sleep, your brain rests.

FACT:

The body rests during sleep. Despite this fact, the brain remains active, gets "recharged," and still controls many body functions including breathing. When we sleep, we typically drift between two basic sleep states, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and Non-REM (NREM) sleep, which consists of Sleep Stages One through Four. Sleep can be important to helping with consolidating your memories and cognitive functions.

MYTH:

Teens who fall asleep in class have bad habits and are lazy.

FACT:

Teens need at least 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep each night, compared to an average of seven to nine hours each night for most adults. The internal biological clocks of teenagers can keep them awake later in the evenings and can interfere with waking up in the morning.

MYTH:

Daytime sleepiness always means a person is not getting enough sleep.

FACT:

Excessive daytime sleepiness can occur even after a person gets enough sleep. Such sleepiness can be a sign of an underlying medical condition or sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. Symptoms should be discussed with a physician.

MYTH:

If you wake up in the middle of the night, it is best to lie in bed trying to fall back asleep, or to toss and turn until you eventually fall back asleep.

FACT:

Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep is a symptom of insomnia. Relaxing imagery or thoughts may help to induce sleep. However, most experts agree that if you do not fall back to sleep within 15 to 20 minutes, you should get out of bed. You should go to another room, and engage in a relaxing activity like listening to music or reading. Don’t watch the clock. Return to bed only when you feel tired.

MYTH:

You can cheat on the amount of sleep you need.

FACT:

Sleep experts say that most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health and safety.

 

Sleep Center

Galion Community Hospital has the only Sleep Center in Crawford County that is American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited which validates and assures the quality of services offered! The Sleep Center offers a comprehensive approach to sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment. Diagnostic Sleep Testing, the "Gold Standard" to accurately diagnose sleep disorders, is performed in our private, home-like sleep rooms. Sleep Center physicians are available to help diagnose and treat sleep disorders. Physician and self-referrals are welcome.

ABOUT THE SLEEP CENTER:

Located in Galion Community Hospital, the Sleep Center provides a safe, compassionate, and state-of-the-art environment and equipment where sleep disorders are diagnosed and effectively treated by a team of highly trained and specialized sleep professionals. Sleep studies are performed in a private, comfortable sleeping room in a secure area of the hospital.

WHO IS ADMITTED:

Each year, millions of people are affected by sleep disorders, including associated conditions or diseases, as well as sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy. AT GCH we provide a safe, compassionate environment where sleep disorders can be diagnosed and effective treatment recommended or started.

WE CAN HELP:

If you or someone you know have symptoms of a sleep disorder, we can help. Contact us to arrange for a consultation to get you on the way to better  health and quality sleep. A primary care physician referral is not required.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT:

With the information obtained during your initial consultation and the data gathered during your sleep study, our sleep specialists will determine if you have a sleep disorder. Once you have been properly diagnosed, our specialists will create an effective treatment plan the works with your lifestyle to help improve our overall health. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and even congestive heart failure.

EEG TESTING:

An Electroencephalogram is a diagnostic test that measures and records the brain's electrical activity. At GCH we have two types of EEG tests available, regular and sleep deprived. There is no pain during this test. Electrodes are attached to the scalp in a specific pattern. The electrodes are wired to provide a path of conductivity for the neurological study. A machine detects electrical signals from the brain and impulses are recorded while the patient rests on a bed or in a reclining chair. Often during testing, patients relax enough to fall asleep. This test taks approximately two hours.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Personality Change
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Irritability
  • Memory Problems
  • Restless Sleep
  • Night Sweats
  • Headaches Upon Awakening
  • Dry Throat Upon Awakening
  • Awakening with Gasping
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cardiac Problems such as Abnormal Heart Rhythms, Coronary Heart Disease, and Congestive Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Increased Insulin Resistance
  • Increased Traffic and Workplace Accidents