Sleep Center also Accredited for In-Home Sleep Testing
October 31, 2013 -- The Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that the Center for Sleep Medicine recently earned re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). In addition to serving adults with sleep disorders, the Center also encompasses the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, which provides sleep studies for infants, children and teens.
Accreditation by the AASM is the gold standard by which the public and the medical community can evaluate sleep medicine services and demonstrates that Valley’s sleep medicine programs continue to meet the highest standards of quality patient care. Recognizing that accreditation is a hallmark of quality care, many insurance providers now cover sleep services only if they are performed in an AASM-accredited facility.
The Center for Sleep Medicine has also been granted Out of Center Sleep testing accreditation, which enables the Center to offer sleep studies to adults in the comfort of their homes if appropriate.
Millions of adults and children do not get adequate or restorative sleep, and their ranks are growing, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). In fact 75 percent of American adults report having had at least one symptom of a sleep problem a few nights a week or more within the past year, continuing an upward trend in the prevalence of sleep problems since 1999, according to the NSF.
“Poor sleep leads to impaired daytime functioning and is associated with serious health risks,” says sleep specialist and pulmonologist Jeffrey Barasch, M.D., Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine. “In patients with sleep apnea, the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes are significantly increased.” In addition, automobile accidents and on-the-job problems increase significantly for those with inadequate or abnormal sleep, Dr. Barasch says.
Children's poor sleep habits can also have a direct effect on their daytime behavior. “Left unaddressed, poor sleep habits can lead to behavior problems and learning difficulties in the classroom,” says Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center. “I encourage parents to make sleep a priority for their children because optimal sleep is critical for children's health and well-being.”
The Center for Sleep Medicine is located at 579 Franklin Turnpike in Ridgewood. To reach the Center for Sleep Medicine, please call 201-251-3487. To schedule a consultation with the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, please call 201-447-8152.
The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine recently earned re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Shown here (at center) are Jeffrey Barasch, M.D., Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine and (center, right) Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, with staff from the Sleep Center and the hospital.