On Thursday, July 8, South Texas Health System held a small, socially distanced event to celebrate the grand reopening of the Sleep Center, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. In addition to a complete makeover of the bedroom-like sleep labs, the South Texas Health System Sleep Center has nearly doubled the number of sleep study spaces to help more diagnose and treat more patients with sleep disorders. The expansion includes a special space for pediatric patients, with an extra bed space for parents to accompany their child while they undergo an overnight sleep study session.
“Everyone deserves a restful night’s sleep. Our goal is to help our patients find out what’s causing their sleep issues and treat them so they can get the quality sleep they need,” explains Lily Ricketts, Associate Administrator, South Texas Health System Edinburg. “The improvements to the South Texas Health System Sleep Center will help us serve more patients, including children, and help improve their overall mental and physical well-being through good sleep.”
In the United States, more than one-third of adults report receiving fewer than seven hours of sleep a night, according to the CDC. Among Hispanics, the Rio Grande Valley’s predominant population, research suggests the nightly sleep duration is even shorter. Coupled with comorbidities, such as obesity and diabetes, inadequate sleep can increase one’s likelihood of developing a chronic health condition.
A full night’s rest is essential for good health and treating any sleep disorders before they worsen is key.
"Sleep is one of the body’s most important functions,” asserts Lance Ames, Chief Executive Officer, South Texas Health System Edinburg and South Texas Health System Children’s. “Without the recommended seven to nine hours of good sleep a night, an individual’s overall health can be greatly affected as time goes on. From weight gain and depression to a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, the long-term effects of sleep deprivation can be serious, even life-threatening.”
But Rio Grande Valley residents can take the first step toward a good night’s sleep at the South Texas Health System Sleep Center, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.