Catching Some Z's at Barlow

Sleep never sounded so good

By Katy Allgeyer
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Barlow Respiratory Hospital is never asleep at the wheel. Case in point: They opened a NYX Sleep Disorders Center on their Los Angeles campus next to Dodger Stadium last November.

“A good night’s rest and proper breathing during sleep are more essential to life and daily functioning than we give them credit,” said Dr. Ronald Popper, clinical director of the new center. He said a variety of sleep disorders go undiagnosed and untreated, creating a host of problems for those who suffer from them.

More than 40 million Americans — how many of them nurses? — suffer each year from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience occasional disruptions in their sleeping patterns. Yet, many of us still don’t realize that snoring can be a red flag for sleep apnea, the most severe and widespread disorder, which involves difficulty breathing and, for some, breathing cessation while asleep.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital is the only one of its kind on the West Coast and is recognized as a national leader in weaning ventilator-dependent patients and for treating patients with complex medical conditions requiring longer hospital stays. Barlow CEO Margaret Crane told us that partnering with the NYX Sleep Disorders Center is natural because “the diagnosis for sleep disorders often involves breathing troubles, and our area of expertise is in treating respiratory illnesses.”

Think you might have a sleeping disorder that is affecting your quality of life and your nursing career? If you or someone you love are experiencing difficulty when falling or staying asleep at night, snoring, snorting and holding your breath while asleep, feeling restless at night, excessive sleepiness during the day, or falling asleep during daytime activities like driving or attending meetings, call your physician and consider checking in to the Barlow NYX Sleep Disorders Center.

You’ll spend the night (don’t forget to bring your jammies) attached to sensors that monitor your brain waves, eye movements, oxygen levels, heart rate and breathing patterns. A physician who is board certified in sleep medicine reviews your test results and provides recommendations to your own physician so that, hopefully, you’ll be sleeping soundly in no time.

To learn more about the NYX Sleep Disorders Center at Barlow, call (866) 699-7533. Interested in a job? Check out for available nursing positions.

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