If you don’t snooze, you lose

Despite the relationship of good sleep to good health, many people don’t even know they suffer from sleep deprivation

VANCOUVER — Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, memory loss, depression, premature aging, impaired thinking skills, and fizzling sex drive. Despite the relationship of good sleep to good health, many people don’t even know they suffer from this treatable condition. It is estimated that one in five Americans suffer from a sleep disorder or sleep issue, and the majority of those go undiagnosed.

Amy Meoli, MD
Amy Meoli, MD

Amy Meoli, MD, board certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, will offer a free presentation titled “End Your Sleepless Nights” on Tue. June 11 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Dr. Meoli will share facts and information about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and how to achieve it. Following her presentation Dr. Meoli will answer audience questions. For those unable to attend in person, Dr. Meoli’s presentation will be broadcast live on PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Facebook page.

“This is an important health issue,” said Dr. Meoli. “People who sleep poorly increase their risk of a number of poor health outcomes. Sleepiness affects learning abilities, alertness, mood, hand-eye coordination, short-term memory, and has been identified as the cause of a growing number of on-the-job accidents, automobile crashes and transportation tragedies.”

Dr. Meoli’s talk will begin at 6 p.m. in PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Health Education Center Auditorium, located at 400 NE Mother Joseph Place in Vancouver, WA.

Do you need better sleep?

Common symptoms reported by those who aren’t getting enough sleep include:

  • Relying on an alarm clock to wake up on time
  • snoring
  • hitting the snooze button repeatedly
  • having difficulty getting out of bed
  • feeling sluggish in the afternoon
  • get sleepy in meetings, when driving, or after meals
  • needing a nap to get through the day
  • falling asleep while watching TV

Potential Treatments

Dr. Meoli will discuss the steps that lead to an accurate diagnosis of sleep disorders, and potential treatments including CPAP devices, non-invasive nasal devices, oral appliances, and effective medicines.

Register online

Click to reserve a spot at this free event, register online

Click to learn more about PeaceHealth’s Sleep Disorders program

About Amy Meoli, MD

Amy Meoli, MD obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After pulmonary and critical care training, she went to MCP Hahnemann in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed a sleep fellowship. Her extensive practice experience includes serving as medical director for both private and academic centers including Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Sleep Research and Treatment Center. Dr. Meoli serves as medical director of the sleep program at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington, and also provides clinical care for sleep patients at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

About PeaceHealth Southwest

The region’s health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County’s largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care.

For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.

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