APRIL MAY JUNE 2005
2nd QUARTER MEETING NOTICE
(mailed one month late our apologies)
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Central Ohio Sleep Disorders Support Group
COSDSG c/o 2206 Indiana Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201-1312
NOTE: Our May meeting has been moved to the fourth Sunday due to a
scheduling conflict. We hope you will join us!
MAY 22 Sunday Meeting 2-4pm @ The Elizabeth Blackwell Center
Dr. James Fulop, Board Certified Sleep Specialist and Riverside
Hospital Sleep Center Medical Director, will be addressing the group
for one hour. He will lead a "General Question and Answer Session".
The rest of the meeting will be an open discussion among ourselves.
This meeting is free of charge, open to the public, and requires no
registration. Refreshments will be served thanks to Karen Hedden.
Please feel free to help out by bringing a snack to share.
The Elizabeth Blackwell Center of Riverside Methodist Hospital
3635 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214, Tel: 614-566-5153
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 State Route 315. The
Elizabeth Blackwell Center is just north of the hospital on the west
side of the road, near the Riverside Health Center and Kobacker
House. Visitor parking is free and is just to the left and also
behind the Center. If you have any questions, please contact Karen
Hedden, medical social worker at Riverside Methodist Hospital Sleep
Diagnostic Center at 614-566-5018.
International Sleep Disorders Meetup Days
APRIL 26, MAY 24, + JUNE 28 [4th Tuesdays] @ 8pm
Sign up for International Sleep Disorders Meetup Day which is
scheduled across the world in up to 561 towns (anywhere that at least
5 people sign up) on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Meetup with
other local people to discuss sleep disorders treatment and coping.
The local meeting location is up for a vote each month. To sign up go
You can see who's signed up from
across the world and in your own neighborhood at
LOCALLY, venues up for a
vote include Mozart's Cafe on High Street as well as its second
location on Indianola Avenue. Don't have computer access at home?
Visit your local library and ask the reference staff for help.
In The News
DONATIONS of Used CPAP and BIPAP Machines Needed
If you have a CPAP or BIPAP machine that you are no longer using,
there are patients in the Central Ohio Area who have no insurance and
would benefit greatly from the donation of your machine. Riverside
Methodist Hospital and HomeReach /Homecare are asking for donations
of these machines, which will then be issued to Riverside patients
who cannot afford to pay for them. Income tax donation forms are
available for anyone who wishes to donate. If you are interested,
please call Karen Hedden, social worker at Riverside Methodist
FIRSTLINK: Helping People Connect
Our group is listed in the annual FIRSTLINK Directory, their
Directory On-line and additional publications. More than 1 million
Franklin County residents looking to get or give help can reach
FIRSTLINK by simply dialing 2-1-1. The agency connects individuals to
critical resource information, enrichment activities and volunteer
opportunities in the Columbus community. Clients who call 2-1-1 will
receive assistance from an experienced FIRSTLINK specialist, ranging
from home healthcare resources to assist an aging parent to where to
enroll a child in summer camp. For more information, contact
FIRSTLINK, 195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, Tel: 614-221-
6766 / Fax: 614-224-6866 / Website: http://www.firstlink.org
INSOMNIA: Cognitive Restructuring Techniques For Managing Negative,
Stressful Thoughts About Sleep
The hallmark of insomnia is an anxious preoccupation with insomnia
and its effects on daytime functioning. Negative, stressful thoughts
about sleep exacerbate insomnia by triggering negative emotions such
as anxiety or frustration that mobilize the stress response. In turn,
the stress response strengthens the wakefulness system, weakens the
sleep system, and makes it harder to sleep. Here are some examples of
negative sleep thoughts, or NSTs, that are very common: (1)
I'm must get eight hours of sleep. (2) I won't be able to function
tomorrow. (3) My insomnia is going to cause health problems. (4) I
didn't sleep at all last night. (5) I can't fall asleep without a
NST's are usually distorted and inaccurate. Furthermore, they do not
serve any adaptive purpose and only serve to exacerbate your
insomnia. In order to overcome insomnia, you must learn to recognize
and change your NSTs with cognitive restructuring (CR). The aim of CR
is simple yet powerful: by recognizing and reframing your NSTs with
more accurate, positive thoughts about sleep you will minimize
anxiety and other negative emotions that trigger the stress response
and disturb your sleep. As a result, you will fear insomnia less and
sleep better. Keep in mind that CR is not the same as denying
insomnia or simply using the power of positive thinking. Rather, CR
involves thinking about insomnia less negatively and more accurately.
Read the full article by Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs at:
Please note that mainly due to limited funds, our P.O. Box is no
longer open. Instead, please send mail in care of Laura Evert as
follows: COSDSG c/o 2206 Indiana Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201-1312.
Resources: About Sleep, Sleep Disorders, And Related Conditions
American Academy of Sleep Disorders
Tel: 708-492-0930; www.aasmnet.org
National Sleep Foundation www.sleepfoundation.org
Talk About Sleep www.talkaboutsleep.com
Advocates For Sleep
Tel: 1-800-823-8893 M-F 9am-5pm CST; www.advocatesforsleep.com
American Sleep Apnea Association
Tel: 202-293-3650; www.sleepapnea.org
Tel: 1-888-292-6522; www.narcolepsynetwork.org
Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
Tel: 507-287-6465; www.rls.org
National Fibromyalgia Association
Tel: 714-921-0150; www.fmaware.org
This mailing was made possible with the generous help of YOU,
the members of the Central Ohio Sleep Disorders Support Group.
Thank you everyone!