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    Morehouse School of Medicine's Sleep Diagnostics Center

    Contact: Ronna Branch
                   404-752-1717
                   rbranch@msm.edu

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    INDUSTRY LEADING SLEEP DIAGNOSTIC CENTER OPENS AT MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 
    Sleep Center Available to Diagnose Multiple Problems that Cause Sleep Loss

    ATLANTA – April 8, 2013 – "Nearly 30 million Americans toss and turn, wake frequently, snore, or even stop breathing for prolonged periods,” claims Kyra P. Clark, M.D., Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) resident sleep expert. “The quality of life of these patients is severely affected, as many sleep disorders are under recognized.” Morehouse School of Medicine recently opened a full-service sleep diagnostic center on the school’s downtown Atlanta campus where physicians can identify the cause of these ailments.

    MSM’s sleep diagnostics offers comprehensive evaluations to determine how to best meet the needs of patients. Proper diagnosis helps in the management of conditions that prevent sleep, disrupts sleep or affects the sleep wake cycle for pediatric (starting at age 12) to geriatric patients.  

    “We recognize now that a growing number of health problems are related to inadequate sleep and interrupted sleep patterns,” explains Dr. Clark. “Advancements in medical technology allow diagnosis, as well as successful long-term treatment.” 

    One of several possible tools is a sleep study or polysomnogram, a test that records what happens to your body during sleep. A sleep study is often a part of a comprehensive sleep evaluation  to help find out what is causing your sleep problems, which could include:
    Sleep apnea, when an adult regularly stops breathing during sleep for 10 seconds or longer 
    Irregular nighttime behaviors, such as sleepwalking, night terrors, or bed-wetting.
    Insomnia or difficulty sleeping at night  
    Problems sleeping during the day because you work at night or do rotating shift work. This sleep problem is called shift work sleep disorder
    Periodic limb movement disorder, which is repeated muscle twitching of the feet, arms, or legs during sleep 
    Narcolepsy, uncontrollable sleepiness during the day
     

    To learn more about MSM’s Sleep Diagnostics Center or questions about sleeping related issues please see the Sleep Diagnostics Center brochure or call  (404) 756-5010. Click here for virtual tour of our sleep lab! 

    About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as a two-year Medical Education Program at Morehouse College with clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctorate and master degrees.