Public Sessions Offered By Sleep Center





In recognition of National Sleep Awareness Week next week, Sleep Medicine Services of Western Massachusetts is going to be holding free events in Northampton and Amherst to spread the word about the importance of sleep and recognition of rest disorders.

Two physicians and three nurse practioners from Sleep Medicine Services in Amherst will be giving brief presentations on sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia and the wellness risks associated with inadquate sleep, followed by q & a sessions. The meetings is going to be March 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Amherst Community Wellness Center at 170 University Drive, and March 11, also from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton. Both venues can accommodate about 100 people. Registration is not needed.

Chris-Anne Small, rest lab director at Sleep Medicine Providers, says that 15-minute demonstrations on every topic is going to be held from 7 to 8 p.m. For the remaining hour, the physicians, nurse practitioners and rest lab technicians will answer questions and explain products and remedies available. The rest technicians also will set up a demonstration rest study.

The primary topic is going to be rest apnea and the health risks that arise when it goes untreated, says Little. Remedies, including the devices and medications recommended, is going to be discussed. She says dental devices and sleep apnea masks is going to be among the items obtainable for individuals to look at. “Therapy isn’t necessarily new,” said Small, “but it is a lot more advanced.”

Sleep Medicine Services of Western Massachusetts is a extensive sleep center which, in addition to sleep apnea, snoring and insomnia, treats sleep walking and narcolepsy, among other rest difficulties. Sleep Services conducts sleep tests seven nights a week and refers patients to rest specialists and behavioral health-care providers if necessary, according to Little.

“I think the public is becoming more aware, in addition to physicians, of how rest disorders affect cardiac, dental and mental health,” says Little, adding that the events are planned to continue the public education effort.”

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