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Texting and Social Media Causing Sleeplessness

March 18, 2011

Atlanta, GA -- The 2011 Sleep in America® poll released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) finds pervasive use of communications technology in the hour before bed. It also finds that a significant number of Americans aren't getting the sleep they say they need and are searching for ways to cope. "This poll explores the association between Americans' use of communication technologies and sleep habits," says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. "While these technologies are commonplace, it is clear that we have a lot more to learn about the appropriate use and design of this technology to complement good sleep habits." The highlights of the poll reveal that many Americans:

  • Report dissatisfaction with their sleep during the week
  • Use communications technology before going to sleep
  • Cope with sleepiness through caffeine and naps

Fortunately, for metro Atlanta residents, quality treatment for sleep disorders is close to home. DeKalb Medical Sleep Disorders Center Technical Director and Manager Massey Arrington, RPSGT, MBA, says, "Treating sleep disorders can significantly lower blood pressure, relieve excess stress on the heart and vascular system, prevent or delay the progression of Type 2 diabetes and its complications, and reduce the need for some medications. It can also improve your memory and make you feel better overall, physically and mentally.” Arrington adds, “Our team can coordinate consultation and testing with your primary care physician, quickly getting to the source of the problem, be it insomnia or snoring, and provide a rapid solution to get you sleeping better immediately."

Accredited through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and The Joint Commission, the DeKalb Medical Sleep Disorders Center offers extensive experience in diagnosing and treating individuals with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. The Center’s staff includes board-certified physicians specializing in sleep medicine, pulmonology, and critical care, as well as registered technologists and therapists and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) educator. Further, the Sleep Disorders Center is located on the hospital campus at North Decatur within seconds of the emergency room and rapid response teams.
View the National Sleep Foundation’s findings from the Sleep in America® poll.

About DeKalb Medical

With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat our patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, our non-profit health system and DeKalb Medical Physicians have been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961.

More than just a provider of hospital services, DeKalb Medical has helped usher in a new era of electronic medical records that puts information at your doctor’s fingertips for improved patient safety and outcomes. Our 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds) and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds). Committed to pushing beyond to excel in patient satisfaction and service, our quality is reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout our three-hospital system including recently ranking in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by HealthGrades® (2011).

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