national sleep awareness week 2017

We will be celebrating National Sleep Awareness Week 2017 at Michigan Head and Neck from March 5-11. 

In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, I am launching my blog entitled Sleep Aches.  The purpose of this blog is to inform doctors, in any field, of the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders, and the pain associated with TMJ disorders. I chose Sleep Aches to encompass all associated symptoms of craniomandibular pain (ie. ear, eye, neck, face, head and jaw problems), and Sleep Breathing Disorders.

In 1985, I founded the Michigan Head & Neck Institute to provide a place for people to get specific treatment who suffer from Sleep and TMJ disorders. My focus is on my patients and restoring their quality of life, and I feel the need to pass along as much information as I can to other doctors. I want to create awareness and an environment that allows different doctors to work together instead of in competition, and I want to provide new treatment options that may not have been available for patients in the past.

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is launching a new interprofessional education initiative that will explore collaborative and community outreach partnerships between Michigan physicians and dentists. I have been an adjunct clinical professor at MSU Osteopathic Medical School for 5 years and am past Chair of the Oakland County Dental Association’s Education Committee. I have been providing noon lectures for residents at St. John Oakland and St. John Macomb Hospitals for 16 years. My passion is to help you and your patients live longer with a more satisfying and healthier life by understanding the ramifications of sleep and pain disorders.

Approximately 1 in 25 adults aged 18 years or older report that they have fallen asleep while driving at least once in the previous 30 days.  Being sleep deprived is potentially more dangerous than drunk driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported accidents are related to driver fatigue annually. Drowsy driving is one of the “four D’s” of impaired driving (drowsy, drunk, drugged and distracted).  Drowsiness causes drivers to have a slower reaction time, pay less attention to the road conditions, and make poor driving decisions.  If you happen to get drowsy while driving, the best thing you can do is pull over to a safe place and take a 15-20 minute nap, or grab a cup of coffee.  Simply turning up the music and rolling down the windows won’t do. To learn more about drowsy driving, please click here to read the full article.