APRIL - MAY - JUNE 2009 Second Quarter Meeting Notice
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Central Ohio Sleep Disorders Support Group
c/o 961 Farnham Road, Columbus, OH 43220
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.
Our traditional meeting time is from 2:00-4:00 pm on the THIRD Sunday of the month. Recently we have been meeting only quarterly at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center at Riverside Hospital with occasional meetings at other locations.
Sunday, April 19.
Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, April 19 from 2-4pm
@ The Elizabeth Blackwell Center
Our speaker will be Timothy J. Walter, MD of Capitol Sleep Medicine in Grove City who will be discussing his book, REM Illumination - Memory Consolidation. 'This is not a book about dream interpretation. This is a book about why we dream. This is not a dream dictionary that defines what each object in a dream is supposed to represent. This is a book about some amazing recent research that is beginning to tell us at least one of the reasons as to why we dream: Sleep is crucial for the storage of new memories and for their incorporation into the matrix of all of our previously existing memories. Although the average person may not remember a dream every night, or even remember one rarely at all, we all spend an average of one and a half to two hours a night in REM sleep dreaming. While we sleep our brains our very busy formulating complicated dreams with twists and turns and seemingly nonsensical details. We dream for a reason: memory.'
'As a sleep medicine physician and neurologist, I am a true believer that your most valuable asset is your consciousness. If your consciousness is not optimized, you are not living your life to its full potential. You are not enjoying all of the people and all of the things in it to the extent that you could. Optimizing your consciousness means being as awake, alert and as intelligent as possible. I spend every day trying to educate patients about what is going on with them medically. I try to take a patient’s complicated medical diagnoses and translate it into plain English so that any patient with almost any level of education can understand what is going on inside their body. In writing this book I have tried to do the same thing for what we have learned about the importance of sleep and memory. Having a good memory is important to all of us. Which one of us would not like to be more intelligent than we are right now?' - excerpt from
The second half of our meeting will be devoted to support and discussion among attendees. Refreshments will be served. 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
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. Visitor parking is free and is just to the left and also behind the Center. The meeting will be in Room D, which is to the left as you enter the building.
How And Why We Dream PODCAST by Timothy J. Walter, MD
REM Illumination, Memory Consolidation by Timothy J. Walter, MD, a neurologist and co-medical director of Capitol Sleep Medicine Sleep Diagnostic Center in Grove City, Ohio, is unique in that it focuses not on what dream symbols may mean, but on how and why we dream. It covers such topics as why REM sleep and dreaming are important to being alert and well functioning during the day, how dreams may help us learn by allowing us to remember more, and why sleep apnea and other sleep disorders that disrupt REM sleep can impair memory. Listen to the introduction and first and second chapters of REM Illumination, Memory Consolidation by clicking http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/podcast_dream.asp
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