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An Inside Look at The Sleep-Wake Center at Hackensack Meridian

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It’s no secret that sleep is important for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. On average, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night — and high-quality sleep at that. Conditions like sleep apnea and snoring can mess with the quality of sleep, which can lead to feeling absolutely exhausted. Luckily, The Sleep-Wake Center at Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen has helped countless individuals throughout northern New Jersey to get a better night’s sleep. Keep reading to learn more about The Sleep-Wake Center and the extensive testing and sleep studies available at the facility.

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Healthy Sleep Solutions at The Sleep-Wake Center

The Sleep-Wake Center at Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center serves patients in Hudson County, Bergen County, and beyond who are interested in improving their sleep quality and enhancing their physical + mental well-being. The board-certified sleep medicine physicians are experts in pediatric and adult sleep medicine and are qualified to evaluate, diagnose, and treat sleep problems. Registered sleep technologists work alongside these physicians to help resolve patients’ sleep problems. 

The Sleep-Wake Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) — which includes accreditation for all types of sleep assessments like home sleep apnea testing. Achieving AASM accreditation proves a sleep medicine provider’s commitment to high quality, patient-centered care.

To better serve the diverse clientele along New Jersey’s Gold Coast, The Sleep-Wake Center at Palisades Medical Center has an on-demand remote interpreting service which provides unprecedented patient service with multilingual speaking abilities including Arabic, Spanish, Tagalog, and many other languages.

Dr. Pakkay Ngai is the Medical Director of the Sleep Wake Center at Palisades Medical Center. Sylvana Mishel Serrano, is the Director of Operations and strives to improve the quality of service and patient care.

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What to Expect

Patients at The Sleep-Wake Center get access to free transportation service to and from The Sleep-Wake Center on the appointment day. The center has a hotel-like atmosphere which includes a private room and private bathroom for each patient. A lite bite is provided in the evening upon arrival, and a continental breakfast is served the next morning before the patient leaves the center. Overnight sleep study patients are also provided with personal amenities like, tissues, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a comb.

The goal at The Sleep-Wake Center is to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Patients may bring anything needed to make them feel more at home like electronics, stuffed animals, or a personal pillow. In the case of a pediatric sleep study, there is a separate sleeper chair for the parent in the same room with the child. 

Tests available at The Sleep-Wake Center include:

  • A Polysomnogram: A sleep study which records a full night’s sleep, including your brain waves, heartbeat, breathing, and the movement of your limbs while sleeping.
  • A CPAP Study: Establishes the correct equipment levels for CPAP therapy used to treat sleep apnea. CPAP machines are designed to maintain enough air pressure to keep a patient’s airway open and allow them to sleep.
  • A BiPAP: A breathing apparatus that helps patients get more air into their lungs. A sleep physician determines whether or not a patient needs a CPAP or a BiPAP based on the type of sleep apnea and its severity. These machines are especially helpful for patients with neuromuscular disease, congestive heart failure, and lung disorders.
  • A Multiple Sleep Latency Test or MSLT: Performed primarily to measure sleep latency which is basically how long it takes you to fall asleep. MSLTs are especially helpful in diagnosing excessive daytime sleepiness and narcolepsy.

Most patients stay at The Sleep-Wake Center for a total of 10 to 11 hours. This time includes filling out paperwork, being prepped for the study, and sleeping. The center is open seven nights a week.

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The Sleep-Wake Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located on the hospital’s campus in the Medical Office Building, at 7650 River Road, Suite 220 in North Bergen. You can call 201-854-5412 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

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