BBC Physician Offers Sleep Solutions

February 18, 2013

Are you tired of being tired?  You might be suffering from a sleep disorder.

To help bring more awareness to this growing problem, and as part of National Sleep Awareness Week, Dr. George Adam, a member of the Bronson Battle Creek medical staff will be speaking about ‘Tired of being tired—sleep solutions’ on Monday, March 4 at Burnham Brook.  The program, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek.  A light lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Adam’s presentation at noon.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free 1-877-462-2247.

It is estimated that anywhere from 40 percent to 60 percent of people over the age of 65 have some type of sleep problem.  As people get older, they experience a change in deep sleep.  When the amount of deep sleep decreases, you become a lighter sleeper. This can cause you to wake up more times during the night and have difficulty getting back to sleep. 

While older people have more trouble sleeping, their sleep needs are the same as when they were younger, according to the National Sleep Foundation.  Most people still require seven to nine hours of sleep a night. When they don't get it, they wake up less refreshed and find themselves getting tired during the day.

Some sleep disorders are potentially life threatening, but the majority, some 95% go undiagnosed and untreated.  As a sleep-deprived society that views sleep as optional, we need to change our attitudes about sleep.  Our bodies depend upon it. 

Statistics underscore that message:
  • 10% of the general population have chronic insomnia
  • 1 in 5 drivers admits to falling asleep while driving
  • 1 in 3 pilots admits to falling asleep while flying
  • 25% of adult males in the U.S. have episodes of sleep apnea 
  • 25 to 40% of children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have some form of sleep disorder
The Bronson Battle Creek Sleep Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, opened in 1986 with only one bed.  It has expanded to eight beds to meet the needs of its customers offering flexible hours and conducts sleep studies during the night and day so those who work nights can be tested during their regular sleep times.  Pediatric sleep testing and services are also available.

We’ve all had restless nights.  But when symptoms continue, it’s time to get help.  Talk with your doctor, or call the Bronson Sleep Center for a free, pre-sleep study screening.
Bronson Battle Creek Sleep Center
5161 B Drive South, Suite C
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Phone: (269) 441-8082

Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.  

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer. 


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