Jamaica Hospital recently opened a brand new state-of-the-art, four-bed Sleep Center. Located on the lower level of Trump Pavilion, the Sleep Center evaluates and treats adults and children suffering from a wide variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, and pediatric sleep disorders, such as night terrors.
Boasting homelike and soundproof private rooms, each room is equipped with a queen size bed, flat screen television, and a DVD player—providing patients with a comfortable testing environment. Most patients are tested overnight, where they are set up to electrodes and continually monitored. An onsite technician specifically monitors their patient's breathing, brain waves, muscle movements, snoring, and heart rate.
“The opening of a Sleep Center in Jamaica Hospital provides the community with a much needed service,” said Dr. Mayank Shukla, Director of Sleep Medicine at Jamaica Hospital. “Being sleepy is often considered as normal—part of being a busy New Yorker. Consequently, there are too many New Yorkers unaware of the symptoms of a potential sleep-related disorder.”
Common signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder vary but typically include snoring loudly, gasping for breath while sleeping, feeling sleepy during the day, easily dozing off while engaged in daily activities, having trouble falling asleep, and experiencing tingling sensations in the legs.
According to Dr. Shukla, short sleep durations—anything less than six hours—has been linked to increased risks of psychiatric conditions, diabetes, heart problems, and obesity, as well as a decreased ability to focus.
Jamaica Hospital’s Sleep Center is open from 7:00pm to 7:00am.