It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from some type of sleep disorder, affecting their daily functioning, health and longevity. In fact, nearly 20 percent of all serious car crash injuries are attributed to driver sleepiness.
The cumulative long-term effects of lack of sleep has been associated with a wide range of serious health problems, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke.
The Institute of Medicine's Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research's 2006 report, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, concluded that significant advances must be made in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
RWJ Comprehensive Sleep Center is committed to advancing the goals of the Committee of Sleep Medicine Research and seeks to:
- Increase awareness of the effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders.
- Improve the monitoring of sleep loss and sleep disorders.
- Increase awareness of sleep disorders among health care professionals through education and training.
- Develop and test new and existing methods of diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
RWJ Comprehensive Sleep Center also is an advocate of the committee's goals to:
- Establish the workforce required to meet the clinical and scientific demands of the field.
- Expand accreditation criteria to focus on treatment, long-term patient care and managing chronic diseases.
- Strengthen national methods of sharing research.
- Increase the funding for interdisciplinary sleep programs in academic health centers that focus on long-term clinical care, training and research.
Team of Experts
The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Comprehensive Sleep Center is a team of specialists in psychiatry, psychology, pulmonary medicine, pediatrics, otolaryngology and dentistry brought together to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for all patients suffering from sleep disorders. Together, our team will provide you with the utmost care and professionalism as we walk you through the challenges of getting a good nights sleep.
Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment
As a leading academic medical center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital through its affiliation with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is involved in cutting-edge research, both basic and clinical. This means that you will benefit from access to the latest information and technology available at the Comprehensive Sleep Center.
Your comprehensive evaluation may include an overnight sleep study where you will be monitored to help determine if you have a sleep disorder.
From a Patient’s Perspective
The Comprehensive Sleep Center’s specialized team has been selected to help you achieve positive results while providing caring, compassionate, and quality medical care. Working together as a team, our specialists will walk you through diagnosing and treating your sleep related illness.
As you arrive at the Comprehensive Sleep Center, a friendly technician will escort you to your clean and comfortable room, with cable TV, and a private bathroom.
After you get changed into your pajamas or a sleep gown, the sleep technician will place sensors on your head and neck which will help determine if you have a sleep disorder.
This process is needle free, pain free, and will monitor various functions while you sleep.
When you wake, a light breakfast will be available for your enjoyment.
What are some of the most common sleep disorders?
- Sleep Apnea
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep
- Sleep Walking
- Irregular Sleep-Wake Patterns