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Western Connecticut Health Network Sleep Disorders Centers Help People Conquer Common Sleep Stealers

Monday, January 09, 2012 - Danbury, CT

Jose Mendez, M.D.

Jose Mendez, M.D.
Director, Western Connecticut Health Network, Sleep Disorders Center
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If you would rather hit the “snooze” button than leap happily out of bed, maybe it’s time to examine the reasons why you’re not waking up feeling rested. Despite a variety of causes, you can conquer common sleep stealers to get the shut-eye you need.

At Western Connecticut Health Network, the team of sleep disorder experts has expanded with Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital working together under the highly skilled direction of Jose Mendez, MD, the newly appointed regional director for sleep medicine. Dr. Mendez oversees the network’s sleep centers in Danbury, New Milford and Southbury, which offer accredited testing and treatment for adults and children over the age of one.

According to Dr. Mendez, more than 80 individual sleep disorders affect approximately 70 million American adults and children. But more than 90 percent of people with sleep disorders remain unidentified or undiagnosed. Most are affected by insomnia and/or obstructive sleep apnea – a serious medical condition that increases one’s risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and premature death. Thousands of others suffer from additional sleep disorders, such as sleepwalking, narcolepsy, and restless legs syndrome.

“If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk with your healthcare provider. Your problems could signal an underlying health condition that needs to be treated. In many cases, the most common causes of sleep disturbances can be addressed by lifestyle choices,” explained Dr. Mendez, whose expertise includes pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. “Symptoms to watch for include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep and restless or poor quality sleep. Additionally, you may have a problem if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue, and sleepwalking or talking,” Dr. Mendez added.

Before considering a sleep study, try these tips to promote restful sleep:

  • Exercise regularly, quit smoking and lose weight (even 10 pounds makes a huge difference!)
  • Minimize or eliminate caffeine from your diet, which is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and some pain relievers and cold medications
  • Minimize heartburn/acid reflux by avoiding acidic foods, alcohol and caffeine, eating smaller meals and raising the head of your bed 6-8 inches using wood blocks. Take antacids, supplements or medications as recommended by your doctor.

Where to Find Help

If you feel you’re not getting the sleep you need or continue to snore, review our Sleep Apnea Screening Questionnaire. If you have questions related to a sleep problem or Western Connecticut Health Network Sleep Center locations please call 1-800-517-2039.

Danbury Hospital
Sleep Disorders Center
24 Hospital Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Heritage Hotel
522 Heritage Road
Southbury, CT 06488

New Milford Hospital
Center for Sleep Medicine
21 Elm Street
New Milford, CT 06776

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is a patient-centered health care organization established in 2010 by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliated organizations, to provide the highest level of care to patients throughout Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. In addition to the two hospitals, other network affiliates include:

  • An integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
  • An agency for home care and community health services
  • A full-service retail pharmacy located at Danbury Hospital
  • Emergency medical services
  • An occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in Women’s, neonatal, cardiovascular and cancer services; weight loss and orthopedic surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management.  Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.

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About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center.  The hospital is nationally recognized as a tertiary health care center with an innovative high-tech, high-touch environment and is also a member of the Planetree organization. In addition to offering the latest robotic and minimally invasive surgical and imaging technology, it was the first hospital in Connecticut to adopt electronic health records systems. It offers a Level II Trauma Center and Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve as faculty members of the nation’s finest university medical centers offering a higher level of experience. 

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About New Milford Hospital

New Milford Hospital is a Planetree organization dedicated to patient-centered care that nurtures every patient's body, mind and spirit.  The Hospital has an extraordinary tradition of warm and caring personal attention backed by top-notch physicians, world-class technology and the newest, most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. Your healthcare team of highly trained physicians, nurses, technicians and administrators is determined and committed to improving the health and quality of life of those we serve.

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