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Sleep Disorders Center reopens in hospital

La Grange, IL – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the re-opening of its Sleep Disorders Center on its main campus. Designed to help patients with insomnia, sleep apnea, sleepwalking, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders, the center is a cozy, home-like suite 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 re-located to the main hospital campus May 28; previously, it was located off site.

“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 La Grange Memorial Hospital staff. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital is located at 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. For more information, call 1-888-SLEEP-77.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.