Bronson Battle Creek physician offers sleep solutions

Published on February 24, 2014

Bronson Battle Creek physician offers sleep solutions

Satya Chaparala

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

To help bring more awareness to this growing problem, Dr. Satya Chaparala, a member of the Bronson Battle Creek medical staff will be speaking about ‘Helping Yourself to Sleep’ on Monday, March 17 at Burnham Brook.

The program is part of Senior Health Partners’ ongoing ‘Aging Well’ series, which is free to the public. A light luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Chaparala’s presentation at noon. Seating is limited. For reservations call toll free 1-800-451-6310.

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.