Ochsner Health Center -Kenner Adds Sleep Medicine Clinic, 2120 Driftwood Blvd.
KENNER, LA - Problems falling and staying asleep? It's a dilemma that shows no bias for age, race, and socio-economic level. By gauging the number of sleep aid advertisements, it's obvious that this problem troubles millions of Americans every night. Ochsner Health Center - Kenner is opening a new sleep medicine clinic at its 2120 Driftwood Blvd. location to help residents in Kenner get a good night's rest. Beginning September 24, 2008, the sleep clinic will be open for appointments on Wednesdays from 8:00am-12:00pm.
Loss of sleep isn't just a nuisance; it can be detrimental to one's quality of life, health, and productivity. Getting an inadequate amount of sleep can result in tiredness, irritability, easy frustration, and have a negative impact on concentration, productivity, mood, and your health. Many people used to believe that sleep was a passive part of our daily lives, but we know now that our brains are active during sleep, and sleep is a vital process for our well being.
Sleep problems often go undetected, as symptoms can be attributed to other ailments. Some signs that may indicate a possible sleep disorder include:
- Consistently not getting enough sleep, or getting poor quality sleep
- Struggling to stay awake when physically inactive (such as while watching television or reading)
- Performance problems or difficulty concentrating at work or school
- Difficulty remembering things
- Snoring, snorting, or finding yourself catching your breath while awakening from sleep
- Difficulty controlling your emotions
Fortunately, there are also many things you can do to improve your sleep such as re-evaluating the following:
- Diet and exercise patterns
- Sleeping environment
- Relaxation techniques
- Personal habits and Lifestyle
Once you begin to see how a good night's sleep positively affects other aspects of your life, you can develop your own sleep plan. She also reminds patients that restorative sleep can be achieved with a better understanding of how we function and with a few adjustments in order to get the results you desire.
Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 13 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007. Ochsner has more than 10,000 employees system-wide.