Shelbyville Daily Union

April 25, 2014

SMH Girls Night Out wants to know 'Are you getting enough sleep?'

Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — According to the National Institute of Health, sleep disorders include an array of issues such as sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, restless leg syndrome and snoring. While these issues are commonplace, they are treatable. Lack of sleep can seriously affect hormone levels, mood, work performance, weight and overall quality of life.

Because sleep is fundamental for optimal health, Shelby Memorial Hospital (SMH) Girls Night Out will focus on the importance of sleep for women in our community. Girls Night Out will be held on Tuesday, April 29, from 5 – 7 pm at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor’s Center, off of Route 16, just east of the main dam. Please use the west entrance. All women in the community are welcome.

Featured guest speaker will be M. B. Prahbu, M.D., Pulmonary Specialist from Taylorville Medical Associates. Dr. Prahbu will speak about the negative impact that not enough sleep causes to a woman’s health. He will define sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and snoring. He will describe warning signs and symptoms in women, and advise when a doctor should be consulted about the quality of sleep.

Dr. Prahbu stated, “Sleep disorders affect more women than men. A recent poll revealed that women, more likely than men, have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Women are more likely to experience daytime sleepiness at least a few times a week. Research shows that concentrating, poorer performance on the job and in school, weight gain and illness can all be linked to inadequate sleep.”

The second speaker of the night, Jill Wells, RRT, RCP and Respiratory Therapy Manager at SMH, will give the audience a sleep quiz. She will explain how the different sleep equipment works to alleviate sleep disorders.

Those in the audience may receive a free hand massage from Jason House. While waiting for the presentation, you may enjoy a healthy snack and register for a chance to win a wonderful door prize, always a feature of Girls Night Out.

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