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Can’t Sleep? Maybe You Need to Visit a Sleep Center

Can’t Sleep? Maybe You Need to Visit a Sleep Center

Can’t Sleep? Maybe You Need to Visit a Sleep Center

The following is an excerpt from a Hattiesburg American article by Ellen Ciurczak about The Center for Sleep Medicine and Walid Younis, MD.

Betty Russell didn’t know why she always felt exhausted. The Hattiesburg registered nurse soon found out from her husband what the reason was.

“He said I would be waking up frequently at night and he told me he had to shake me to make me breathe,” she said. “I was just thinking I was snoring, but he was telling me I wasn’t breathing.”

Russell, 59, waited about 18 months before doing anything about the problem. She finally made an appointment with a doctor at Hattiesburg Clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine. He prescribed two nights in the center’s Sleep Laboratory, where Russell slept in a bedroom hooked up to wires monitoring everything from her brain waves to heart rate to breathing.

“(The doctor) said ‘You need a sleep study,'” Russell said. “Those were his exact words.

“I didn’t know what that would entail. I didn’t know they would have you on camera and put electrodes on your head, chest and legs. It was daunting at first.”

Russell was diagnosed with sleep apnea and given a CPAP machine, which uses a hose and mask or nose piece to deliver constant and steady air pressure to the lungs.

Russell is one of about 3,400 patients a year to spend a night in the center’s Sleep Laboratory at 101 Courtenay Circle…”Sleep medicine is a recent specialty,” said Dr. Walid Younis, director of Hattiesburg Clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine. “Twenty years ago, physicians and the general population were not aware that the quality of sleep could affect the human body.”

Sleep plays a vital role in health and well-being. During sleep, the body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain physical health.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.

Katie Townsend


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