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A lot of people sustain snoring, daytime sleepiness, nocturnal insomnia, even worse is dreamful sleep or sleepwalking. To prevent these sleep disorders becoming hidden health killers, Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital recently established a warm and comfortable, humanized “Sleep Center” and organized a cross-disciplinary medical service team. The Center just had its opening ceremony not long ago.
Wanfang Hospital started to offer sleep disorder service in 2007. The service team includes specialists in the areas of neurology, chest medicine, otolaryngology, psychiatry, cardiology as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. They jointly treat the patients to provide comprehensive medical care. Over the years, many patients were benefited to solve their sleep problems. However, the sleep service unit became more or less outdated decade later. The newly designed Center took into account of the spirits of environment, medicine and warmth. State-of-the-art medical equipment was also installed.
Dr. Chih-Shan Huang, Director of the Sleep Center, explained that previously, a sleep study might be scheduled up to three months later. However, after opening of the Center, the service capacity is enhanced to shorten the waiting time remarkably. The brand-new "Polysomnography examination system" also helps to interpret the patient's sleeping condition more quickly and precisely.
Dr. Huang said that 70 to 80% of the patients visiting Wanfang sleep center are men at the age of 50s to 60s. Majority of whom are diagnosed as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Common symptoms for OSA are snoring with intermittent non-breathing and suffocation or breathlessness sensation upon resuming respiration. In addition, they tend to experience insufficient sleep associated with dozing off in the daytime, memory loss etc. Without adequate treatment, it might lead to a variety of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. It shall not be neglected.
In addition to the obvious sleep apnea condition, Dr. Huang suggested that anyone who frequently feels numbness, soreness or heat, involuntary twitching of hands and feet during sleep, or has beating or shouting while sleeping, shall look for medical attention for earlier diagnosis of possible sleep disorder.