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Hospital opens sleep disorders center

Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of its Sleep Disorders Center. Designed to help patients with insomnia, sleep apnea, sleepwalking, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders, the center is a cozy, home-like suite on the hospital’s third floor that features advanced computerized equipment to monitor patients overnight. Doctors, polysomnographers and other experts study patients’ brains, lungs, heart and other parts of the body through the sleep stages.

The center’s first patients were Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar and Dave Hargett, a Bolingbrook resident and longtime sleep activist who is chairman of the Sleep Apnea Association. Both diagnosed with sleep apnea, Claar and Hargett came to the center to undergo new sleep studies.

“If by having a sleep study I can convince other people to step forward and do the same, then I will have done my duty,” Claar said. “The opening of the Sleep Disorders Center at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital adds to the great services available in Bolingbrook.”

Since being diagnosed with sleep apnea in 1994, Hargett has slept with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, a device that uses air pressure to push the tongue forward and open the airway to reduce snoring and apnea. Hargett, a 59-year-old retiree, leads two sleep support groups in the suburbs and hopes to start one in Bolingbrook now that the Sleep Disorders Center has opened at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. During Hargett’s sleep study, it was determined his CPAP machine needed to be re-titrated (or tweaked).

“Sleep depravity is a common problem in today’s fast-paced, high-stress culture,” said Dr. Peter Freebeck, director of Adventist Midwest Health’s sleep program. Freebeck is board certified in sleep medicine, internal medicine and pulmonary disease. “What many people don’t know is that there is a very strong relationship between sleep apnea, or snoring, and heart disease. Our goal at the Sleep Disorders Center is to treat these people before their sleep disorders lead to more serious health issues.”

Patients register during the evening hours in the Emergency Department and are escorted to the center, where they undergo diagnostic testing for sleep disorders. Although not a new diagnostic tool, testing for sleep disorders while patients are asleep is fast becoming a choice diagnostic measure of a variety of disorders that affect an increasing number of people. Sleep disorder symptoms include snoring, choking or gasping for breath during sleep, feeling tired or fatigued after sleeping, awakening to urinate, weight fluctuation, nodding off while inactive, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss and negatively affected sexual ability and desire.

Adventist Midwest Health treats several thousand patients every year at its sleep centers at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Nearly seven out of 10 Americans experience frequent sleep problems. Persistent, untreated insomnia can lead to major depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse.

The Sleep Disorders Center is run by America’s Sleep Network, Inc., under the direction of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital staff. For more information, call 1-888-SLEEP-77.