National Sleep Foundation and Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists Announce New Patient's Guide to Sleep Evaluations: Guide Published in Partnership Between NSF and BRPT Addresses Practical Information for Patients Considering a Sleep Evaluation

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The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) today announced the debut of a much needed consumer resource, the Patient's Guide to Sleep Evaluations. The Guide is a succinct, easy-to-understand pamphlet designed to educate patients on what to expect before undergoing a sleep evaluation or polysomnogram to diagnose sleep problems.

Patients who read this guide will have a better understanding of what is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of a sleep disorder.

    "According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 50-70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems," said Richard Gelula, CEO of NSF. "Most people are unaware of the far-reaching impact of sleep and its affect on health, mood and relationships, safety and productivity. NSF continually encourages Americans to pay attention to their sleep and make it a priority. If you are having trouble sleeping, reading the Guide is an excellent 'first step' to understanding what's involved in the diagnosis of a sleep problem."

The four-page guide helps de-mystify the process of diagnosing sleep problems by providing an overview and sound advice on preparation and what to expect during a sleep study, suggestions on finding the right physician, sleep facility and sleep technologist to conduct the evaluation properly and important questions to ask.

"There is a severe lack of consumer information about polysomnograms and overnight sleep studies," explained Bonnie Robertson, RPSGT, CRT, and President of BRPT. "Patients who read this guide will have a better understanding of what is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of a sleep disorder."

Both organizations anticipate that the new guide will be used directly by consumers, as well as by sleep professionals as a patient education tool.

Patient's Guide to Sleep Evaluations may be downloaded free at the National Sleep Foundation's Web site, http://www.sleepfoundation.org, or under the consumer information section of the BRPT web site, http://www.brpt.org.

About BRPT

The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is an independent, nonprofit certification board that cultivates the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists by providing an internationally recognized credential--the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). RPSGT is respected worldwide as the leading credential for polysomnographic technologists. For more information, call (703) 610-9020, or visit http://www.brpt.org.

About NSF

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving greater understanding of sleep and sleep disorders. NSF furthers its mission through sleep-related education, research, and advocacy initiatives. NSF's membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine as well as other professionals in the health, medical and science fields, individuals, patients and more than 800 sleep clinics throughout North America that join the Foundation's Community Sleep Awareness Partners program. For more information, visit, http://www.sleepfoundation.org.

Patient's Guide to Sleep Evaluations: http://www.brpt.org/Consumer_info/consumer_pamphlet.htm

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