Central Ohio Sleep Disorders Support Group
c.o. 961 Farnham Road, Columbus, OH 43220
MEETINGS IN BOTH MARCH AND APRIL!!
Our traditional meeting time is from 2:00-4:00 pm on the THIRD Sunday of the month. Just this year we have begun meeting every other month rather than quarterly at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center which is part of the Riverside Complex. Jennifer at OhioHealth Sleep Services set up a schedule of interesting programs listed on page 4 and will be supporting us in our activities this year.
In addition, Dr. Markus Schmidt has graciously invited us to his Dublin office in April. So we have scheduled meetings for both March and April.
We are committed to meeting this often through this year, but not beyond, so your attendance will determine whether this opportunity will continue.
Please join us for our meeting Sunday, March 20 from 2-4pm
@ The Elizabeth Blackwell Center
In the first hour Dr. John Eickholt will tell us about his program for Conquering Insomnia Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mental Training (More information on p. 2)
In the second hour, we will support each other through group discussion.
As always at our meetings, refreshments will be served and you are welcome to contribute a snack.
Please join us for a specially scheduled meeting Sunday, April 17 from 2-4pm
@ Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute in Dublin
Dr. Markus Schmidt will be our host and talk to us about
Clinical Management and Treatment of Narcolepsy (More information on p. 2)
More about our meeting with Dr. Eickholt on March 20
Dr. John Eickholt's office is MidOhio Sleep Services in Worthington at 7811 Flint Rd. As one part of his work there he has established Neuro Behavioral Systems LLC for patients who want to conquer insomnia through behavioral therapy. It is an intensive program of group and individual therapy that takes place over the course of several weeks. The cost of the program is covered by many insurance policies.
The Elizabeth Blackwell Center of Riverside Methodist Hospital
3635 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214
DIRECTIONS: Riverside Methodist Hospital is located in northwest Columbus at the corner of W. North Broadway and Olentangy River Road, with exits from the north and south off of State Route 315. The Elizabeth Blackwell Center is just north of the hospital on the west side of Olentangy River Road, near the Riverside Health Center and Kobacker House. Our meetings are held in the auditorium. Visitor parking is free and is just to the left and also behind the Center.
More about our meeting with Dr. Schmidt on April 17.
Dr. Markus Schmidt contacted us several months ago and expressed an interest in being supportive of our group and invited us to his office in Dublin for a meeting.. He has recently greatly improved his website at www.sleepmedicine.com.
Included on the website under publications is the archives of their newsletter for December 29, 2010 is a good summary of Dr. Mignot's presentation of his research that was held at their New Albany office on November 6.
Directions to Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute
Dr. Schmidt's off ice in Dublin is located at 4975 Bradenton Avenue Dublin, OH 43017. It is just west of Frantz Rd. There is a traffic light at Bradenton, which is about half way between U.S. 161 and Hayden Run Rd. (not far from Tuttle Mall).
You will find directions and a map on their website. There is a map provided on their website.
Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings. We are an informal patient support group of people with various sleep disorders that started meeting in 1986. We exist to help each other and anyone interested in learning more about sleep through educational materials, guest speakers, referrals to community services, suggested readings, contact with national organizations, and most importantly, support among our members. Please feel free to contact any of the people listed on this announcement if you have questions or concerns.
The term "sleep hygiene" refers to a variety of tried and true coping strategies that can help us have a good night's sleep and full daytime alertness.
1. Maintain a regular bed time and wake time schedule including weekends. By sticking to a regular schedule, we reinforce the circadian clock in our brain that regulates our sleep-wake cycle.
2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book, listening to soothing music, or practicing relaxation therapy. This helps separate your sleep time from the stress of your day.
3. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
4. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
5. Use your bedroom only for sleep and intimacy. Take work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment.
6. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime. Eating or drinking too much may make you less comfortable when settling down for bed. Some people, though, find milk or herbal, non-caffeinated teas to be soothing and a helpful part of a bedtime routine.
7. Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout a few hours before bedtime. Regular exercise contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising right before going to bed makes us more alert because our body temperature rises during exercise. A cooler body temperature is associated with sleep onset.
8. Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. The stimulant in caffeine remains in the body on average from 3 to 5 hours, but can affect some people up to 12 hours later.
9. Avoid nicotine. Used close to bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep. Nicotine is also a stimulant.
10. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. Although many people think of alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, because as the body metabolizes the alcohol it causes nighttime awakenings.
2011 MEETING SCHEDULE mark your calendars now!
March 20: John Eickholt, MD, ABPN, ABSM - Topic: Conquering Insomnia Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mental Training
April 17: Dr. Markus Schmidt - Topic: Clinical Management and Treatment of Narcolepsy
Meeting location: Dr. Schmidt's office in Dublin
May 15: Ray Sheridan, DDS - Topic: Dental Sleep Medicine
July 17: Erica Harris, BS, RPSGT - Topic: Understanding Sleep Studies From the Sleep Technologist's Perspective
August 21: Picnic at Whetstone Park, 5:00-7:00pm
September 18: Group Discussion
November 20: Richard Irene, MD, ABO - Topic: Surgical Solutions for Sleep Disorders
WE ENCOURAGE OUR MEMBERS to join the national organizations that address their individual concerns. It's an excellent way to keep up-to-date on recent developments in that field.
American Sleep Apnea Association 202-293-3650 www.apneasupport.org
Narcolepsy Network 888-292-6522 www.narcolepsynetwork.org
Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation 507-287-6465 www.rls.org
National Fibromyalgia Association 714-921-0150 www.fmaware.org
STEERING COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS
§ Ellen Haider has narcolepsy. 614-459-0945 E-mail: ellenhaider@...
§ Laura Evert has narcolepsy. 614-784-8823
· E-mail: dreamiestgirlever@...
§ Mary Anderson has sleep apnea. 614-794-3060
· E-mail: marymar154@...
§ Harvey Newpoff has sleep apnea. E-mail: northcompany2@...
§ Tanya Biesecker has sleep apnea. 614-262-7773
TO BE ADDED TO OR REMOVED FROM OUR US POSTAL MAILING LIST CONTACT
Ellen Haider, keeper of the mailing list, 614-459-0945, ellenhaider@...
TO BE ADDED TO OR REMOVED FROM OUR E-MAIL LIST THROUGH YAHOO GROUPS CONTACT http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/centralohiosleepdisorders
Thanks to OhioHealth Sleep Services for making the copies of this newsletter.