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A Good Night’s Sleep Within Reach

Tracy MacGregor knows the value of a good night’s sleep – and the importance of a sleep study with a reputable, comfortable sleep lab. So the 49-year-old Lakewood woman was eager to try the new Sleep Center on University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s campus when it opened this spring. In a free community talk on Aug. 9, members of the public can learn more about the benefits of this service to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

Previously diagnosed with sleep apnea, she had undergone a sleep study at another facility four years ago to determine treatment for this sleep disorder. Her experience at the other facility was less than optimal, with little privacy and a technician sitting near her, monitoring her sleep.

The new Sleep Center at UH Parma Medical Center is modern and comfortable, with the patient experience paramount in its design. Located on the ground floor of Medical Arts Center 4 in a newly renovated suite, it is comprised of spacious private bedrooms with queen-sized beds, recliners and flat-screen LCD televisions with DVD players. The board-registered technician who monitors the study speaks to patients by intercom to maintain privacy. In the morning before leaving, patients have access to a walk-in shower to prepare for their day.

“The facility is very clean, comfortable and relaxing,” says MacGregor, who lost 105 pounds since her first sleep study and only requires moderate adjustment now. She encourages others who have been delaying the experience to try the new center. “It’s like a hotel. It was much more private than the last place I went for a sleep study.”

A variety of symptoms can indicate a sleep disorder that may impact an individual’s health. If you have difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep, feel fatigued during the daytime or find yourself falling asleep while driving, talk to your doctor. The board-certified physicians at the Sleep Center can help.

“I believe that the new Parma sleep lab will provide state-of-the-art care for patients with a wide range of sleep issues for Northeast Ohio,” said Medical Director John Andrefsky, MD, a neurologist. “Located near the geographic center of UH’s vast service area, we can accommodate a broad range of patient needs, including daytime and home sleep studies and access to medical equipment ordering for C-PAP machines.”

Dr. Andrefsky is presenting a talk on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. on Sleep Disorders. Learn more about various sleep problems, including snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia. This free session will take place in the Sleep Center, UH Parma Medical Center’s Medical Arts Center 4, 6115 Powers Blvd., Suite 101. Call 440-743-4932 to register. To learn more about diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, go to UHhospitals.org/Sleep.

For referrals or appointments, call 440-743-8177.