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Silver Cross Hospital offers free lecture on Snoring: Nuisance or Serious Health Problem

New Lenox, IL (March 7, 2013)— Do you find yourself tossing and turning during the night only to wake up exhausted? Does your partner complain of your endlessly loud snoring? People who suffer every night from snoring may not realize the serious implications snoring can have on their health including a risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

Dr. Phillip Leung, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center, will present a free program on Snoring: Nuisance or Serious Health Problem?, on Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Dr. Leung will discuss snoring and its relationship to various illnesses and diseases. Learn how to distinguish if your snoring is a serious health problem and the treatment options available. To register to attend call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.silvercross.org

What is snoring?

When a person is snoring, the path of air from their mouth or nose to the lungs makes the tissues of their throat vibrate when they sleep. As a result, a loud, harsh noise occurs. In fact, you may not realize that you snore. Your bed partner may notice the snoring and that you sleep with your mouth open. 

In addition, snoring may point to other medical problems, such as sleep apnea. “Sleep apnea can be a serious problem, because you stop breathing at times during sleep,” says Dr. Philip Leung, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center.  “So if you snore often, be sure to see your physician.” 

Treatment for Snoring

“By making lifestyle changes people can find great relief from snoring,” said Dr. Leung. Some changes that have helped reduce snoring include: sleeping on your side, quitting smoking, losing weight, and limiting alcohol intake before going to sleep. If these treatments do not work, relief may be found with a treatment called continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. 

About the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center

The state-of-the-art Sleep Disorders Center is located on the new Hospital Campus at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 525, Pavilion A in New Lenox. The mission at the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center is to help patients get a good night’s sleep. Under the medical direction of board certified pulmonologist and sleep specialist Philip Leung, M.D., the Center specializes in testing, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. 

The Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center offers treatment and diagnosis of the following sleep disorders: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Related Breathing Disorders, Insomnia, Sleep Related Movement Disorders, and Narcolepsy. “We are committed to helping our patients receive the correct treatment that will enable them to rest properly, so they can have a better quality of life,” says Dr. Philip Leung, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center.  

Home-like Atmosphere

Silver Cross has combined the latest diagnostic technology with a home-like atmosphere. Each private room features a private bathroom, calming decor, and a comfortable bed to put our patients at ease. 

At the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center, expert technicians perform polysomnographic testing, and sleep studies that provide a detailed picture of a patient’s entire sleep cycle. The studies allow technicians to analyze a patient’s exact sleep pattern, from the onset of sleep through the 4 normal levels of sleep, to breathing, oxygen levels, heartbeat, movement and snoring activity. Data from the study is invaluable in diagnosing and treating any sleep disorder someone may have. The morning following the sleep study, our experts then analyze the patient’s results. Some patients may begin treatment as soon as the same day. 

If you or someone you love is experiencing a sleep problem, we invite you to contact our Center for an initial consultation. For more information, call 1-815-300-REST (7378) or visit www.silvercross.org/sleepdisorderscenter to take an online sleep disorders risk assessment. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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