According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems.
Sleep deprivation is more than an annoyance or inconvenience to those who suffer from it; the side effects of sleep deprivation are serious and can even be deadly. According to the CDC, people experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.
“Sleep problems are critically under-addressed contributors to some chronic conditions, including obesity and depression,” said Debra Allison, Director of Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Services. “That’s why we’ve decided to offer the community a free sleep screening.”
From now until May 31, community members can call the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Sleep Disorders Center at (386) 917-7600 to schedule a time to receive this free in-home screening device that provides real-time results and can be picked-up at the hospital’s Summit Building, located at 1061 Medical Center Drive, Suite 301 in Orange City. No appointment is needed and no preparation is required for this overnight screening.
“Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors,” said Allison. “Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes.”
In fact, the National Department of Transportation estimates drowsy driving to be responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States.
Insufficient sleep has also been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
“Hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease and irregular heartbeats – also known as cardiac arrhythmias – are more common in patients with sleep disorders,” said Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Sleep Center Medical Director and Neurologist Hendrik Dinkla, MD. “Additionally, some studies indicate that sleep apnea and hardening of the arteries share some common physiological characteristics, suggesting that sleep apnea may be an important predictor of cardiovascular disease.”