PHYSICIAN SUPPORT - ADULT SLEEP
SLEEP HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Inadequate sleep, whether caused by unconscious lifestyle choices or due to one of the over 80 classified sleep disorders that plague the public can have a severe negative impact on mental, physical and emotional health. The medical practice model would benefit greatly from routinely addressing patient sleep health as it aids in the detection of undiagnosed medical sleep disorders, can prevent the exacerbation of other chronic diseases and can minimize additional medical issues as you age. Sleep health needs to be evaluated and taken into consideration when treating patients and developing a baseline for wellness maintenance programs. Preventative measures including sleep health counseling would seem a valued function in the effort to change unhealthy lifestyles. Sleep health should not only be an intricate part of patient healthcare screening through assessment but in education. Although wellness programs in the form of fitness and nutrition including diabetic education have entered the practice model there is still a lack of focus on sleep, the most restorative function of the body.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report in regards to sleep deprivation being a public health epidemic and needing further evaluation and attention in patient care. Sleep deprivation can lead to the acceleration of other disease states including sleep disordered breathing. The main barrier in the prevention of screening for sleep in the practice model has been limited sleep health education in medical training and lack of time when entering into the practice model. Health education has proven to be a valuable tool and resource in the medical model helping close the wellness gap as diabetic education has paved the way to show.
We aim to provide sleep health educators as a resource for the practice model to analyze sleep habits and criteria and to confirm which high risk candidates should further be evaluated by a sleep medicine doctor through diagnostic testing and assist those who need to make significant behavioral lifetstyle changes. Where lack of time plagues medical professionals, we lend the hand needed in creating diversified wellness management within the physician setting. This team based approach to patient care helps patients understand the why in healthcare and puts into focus how healthy choices can impact their quality of life. Medical professionals simply do not have the time to explain and assess environmental and emotional factors when treating patients in the primary care setting or to keep up with the reporting requirements insurances dictate must accompany diagnostic sleep testing. This solves that issue.
PROGRAM SUPPORTS PHYSICIANS BY
Providing Patient Sleep Health Education
Guidance for Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Reducing Hospital Readmissions
Reducing Overall Healthcare Costs
Improving Overall Wellness Management
Improving Quality of Care
Improving Quality of Life for Patients
Preventative Measures in the Exceleration of Medical Conditions
Identifying Undiagnosed Sleep Disorders