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Searching for a Good Night’s Sleep

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Tuesday, July 20, 2010 – A good night’s sleep is crucial to daily function, but more than 40 million Americans live with an undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorder in the United States. At Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the sleep-challenged can find help at the Sleep Center, now conveniently located at the Hawthorne Inn to provide patients with the highest quality of care in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Sleep Center patients can check in as early as 3 p.m. the day of the study. Patient accommodations include a room with a private bathroom and all the additional amenities that the hotel provides, including brand new mattresses, fitness center, swimming pool and an award-winning restaurant. Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., a sleep technician arrives to attach the sensors and monitors to the patient, and then it’s off to sleep.  Around 6 a.m. the technician returns to wake the patient and remove the sensors.  Patients can roll over to get more sleep or start their day with a shower, get dressed, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet.

“Another distinguishing feature of our sleep center is that we have board certified sleep doctors from four different specialties,” says W. Vaughn McCall, M.D., medical director of the Sleep Center. “We can address just about any sleep-related problem patients may experience.”

The Wake Forest Baptist sleep program is nationally accredited by the American Sleep Disorder Association and  includes a multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment team of experts in cardiology, neurology, orthodontics, otolaryngology, psychiatry, and pulmonary, as well as polysomnographic technologists and nurse specialists.

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