Nurse Pracitioner GeorgAnn Greissinger, and Administrative Assistant Michelle Parks, demonstrates apparatus used in solving sleep disorders at the new innovative Sleep Solutions clinic in Soldotna.
Does your snoring register on the Richter Scale? Snoring, the subject of laughs and jokes throughout the ages, can actually be dangerous and a sign of more serious conditions. An estimated 10%-30% of adults snore, according to Kevin Asp, certified respiratory therapist & president of Innovative Sleep Solutions. LLC, which has recently opened a new location in Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway in the Anchor Plaza across from Stub’s Office Supply. “I chose to become a sleep medicine specialist in order to make a difference in people’s lives and provide lasting help to people whose lives are turned upside down by sleep problems. For people who have difficulty getting the restful sleep they need, the key to understanding and relieving their problems is technology,” says Asp.
An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from a disorder called Sleep Apnea with approximately 90% remaining undiagnosed and untreated, according to the American Board of Sleep Medicine. “For years we didn’t know what sleep was and actually serious research has only been underway since the early ‘70’s, and we are learning more all he time, but what we do know is that without proper sleep you cannot function well and in particular we see a lot of traffic accidents connected to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. We are finding that people even babies may wake up 200-300 times a night and as a result are not getting the quality sleep they need, and we are able to actually fix that,” says Nurse Practitioner GeorgAnn Greissinger at Innovative Sleep Solutions. The clinic specializes in people who fall asleep at inappropriate times and places, “That includes shift workers who keep turning around their schedule between days and night hours, or people with a regular schedule but fall asleep at the wrong times,” said Greissinger.
Referrals to the clinic may come from physicians or many times from sleep partners says Michelle Parks, Innovative Sleep Solutions administrative assistant, “Many times people can be unaware of their symptoms and clients will come as a favor to the person who is sleeping next to them and has complained about their snoring or is concerned about how often they are waking up during the night,” said Parks. Patients actually spend the night at the clinic which features Select Comfort beds and flat screen cable televisions in their hotel like exam rooms where their sleep is monitored, “We make either 8 or 9 o’clock appointments with our sleep technicians who prepare you for the polysomnographic tests which monitor your sleep. The data collected is then analyzed for diagnosis and solution recommendations,” added Parks.
“For people who have difficulty getting the sleep they need, the key to understanding and relieving their problems is technology. With over a decade of sleep medicine experience, I’ve dedicated myself to providing leading-edge solutions to sleep problems and giving people their lives back through physician-supervised care and trusted, proven treatments,” says Kevin Asp. For more details or an appointment call Innovative Sleep Solutions at 262-0829.
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