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Sleep Center at Sentara BelleHarbour Gains National Accreditation 

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine Reviews Center

Suffolk, VA (June 23, 2011)
– The Sleep Center at Sentara BelleHarbour gains national accreditation through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Only sleep centers meeting stringent performance and quality standards are honored with accreditation.

The comprehensive, year-long review process includes evaluation of clinical quality, procedure standards and staffing requirements. The accreditation process includes an on-site inspection by an AASM representative and evaluates all aspects of the sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment, and qualifications of the center’s staff and physicians.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the Sentara BelleHarbour sleep center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Patrick Strollo, AASM president. “The Sentara BelleHarbour sleep center is a significant resource to local physicians and provides the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders,” Strollo continues.

“This voluntary evaluation speaks to the high quality patient care provided every day by the sleep specialists at Sentara BelleHarbour. We’re honored by this recognition that is the culmination of the hard work of clinical staff and leadership alike,” says Robert Firestone director of ambulatory services at Sentara BelleHarbour.

Sleep Patterns in America
About 70 million Americans report trouble sleeping, and nearly two-thirds of those have chronic sleep trouble, according to the National Commission on Sleep.

The majority of adult Americans are getting much less than the 8 hours of sleep recommended for optimal health and well-being. Most are averaging 6.9 hours during weekdays according to the 2002 Sleep in America poll, focusing on American sleep habits.

The majority of survey participants (58%) experienced at least one of the four symptoms of insomnia, and more than one third say they experienced at least one of these four symptoms almost every night: difficulty falling asleep, waking during the night, waking too early, and not being able to get back to sleep.

Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, waking a lot during the night, waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep, and waking up feeling unrefreshed according to the 2002 Sleep in America poll.
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What’s keeping you up at night?
A full 9 out of 10 survey participants used electronics in their bedroom in the hour before trying to sleep, according to the 2011 Sleep in America poll.

Younger survey participants are more likely to use their cell phones in that hour based on the 2011 Sleep in America poll.

Nearly two thirds of Americans (65%) are losing sleep due to stress, according to the Better Sleep Council, 2009.

Women are more likely to lose sleep to stress (26%), than men (16%), according to the Better Sleep Council, 2009.

Nearly one quarter (23%) suggest family issues are keeping them awake, while 16% say personal finances, according to the Better Sleep Council 2009

Related Links:
Sleep Center at Sentara BelleHarbour
Sentara Sleep Centers
American Academy of Sleep Disorders
Sleep in America poll
Better Sleep Council, 2009


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