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Sleep center offers treatment for troubled rest


MESA, Ariz. (Dec. 4, 2013) – Ricardo Amaya suffered from troubled sleep for quite awhile – snoring, interrupted breathing, and downright uncomfortable rest.

Like many Americans, he has sleep apnea, a common disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. But unlike many people, Amaya quickly sought treatment, and sleeps much better now. He had a sleep study at Banner Desert Sleep Center which helped to diagnose his issue and provide him with a device which helps him breathe regularly.

“I felt very comfortable taking the sleep study, and I think I sleep a lot better using the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine,” Amaya said.

Sleep disorders contribute to a range of public health problems, and are often correlated with other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, pulmonary hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year, and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

“It’s very important for anyone who thinks they may have a sleep disorder to consult with their primary care provider,” said Dr. Paul Barnard, medical director of Banner Desert Sleep Center. “We’ve performed sleep tests and treatment for thousands of people, and the resulting improvement in the quality of their lives by treating sleep problems can be remarkable.”

Through in-lab and in-home sleep testing and sleep specialist consultations, Banner Desert Sleep Center evaluates and treats adult and pediatric patients each year for insomnia, sleep-disordered breathing, obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders and more.

Banner Desert Sleep Center, the longest Accredited Sleep Center in Arizona, is now celebrating its 25th year in operation. The center is located at 2225 W. Southern Ave. For information on sleep testing or to schedule a consultation with a sleep specialist, visit us online or call (480) 412-3684.

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