Obici experts to give free talks about snoring, other sleep woes

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2004

The medical director and the clinical manager of Obici Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center will present &uot;Rest Eazzzzzy with Help for Snoring&uot; at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Garden Level classrooms at the hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd.

Scheduled to speak are Dr. Stephen Coleman, a neurologist, and Leah Pixley, a certified respiratory therapist, registered electroencephalographic technologist and registered polysomnographic technologist.

Appearing as part of the free speaker series &uot;Obici Presents…&uot; they will discuss sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder characterized by snoring, interruptions in breathing while asleep, and excessive drowsiness while awake.

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Dr. Coleman also will discuss the connection between obesity and sleep apnea. Ms. Pixley will cover other common conditions that interfere with sleep – such as heartburn, leg twitches and night sweats – and share information to help people get the rest they need.

In early February, Obici’s Sleep Disorders Center will double its capacity for sleep studies by moving into larger quarters in the hospital’s adjoining Medical Office Building. The center will have new bedrooms, its own reception area and more consultation and workspace. Guided tours of the expanded facility will be available after Dr. Coleman and Ms. Pixley’s presentations.

To register for &uot;Obici Presents … Rest Eazzzzzy with Help for Snoring,&uot; call 934-4981.

Obici’s sleep center, which opened in 1991, is one of just three in Hampton Roads accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.