Stephanie Rossman

Restorative power of getting a good night’s sleep

by TOM BERG

Can’t sleep? If you’re one of the estimated 60 million Americans who experience sleeplessness, then Hoag’s Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program can help.

Ask Stephanie Rossman, an Irvine resident who’s had sleep apnea for years.

“I’d read books and articles and taken different medications, but I still hadn’t had any success,” she says.

She recently underwent Hoag’s six-week Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program that treats over 5,000 patients a year.

“One of the most helpful aspects was having a clinical sleep monitor to measure activity,” she says. “It helped me to understand my sleep better.”

The program also covers meditation techniques and sleep behaviors — habits that promote better sleep. “I learned that it’s important not to look at the clock or TV in bed,” she says. “And now I go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.”

Rossman refers to her notes as needed to review the tools she learned.

“I would recommend the course to anyone who struggles with sleep,” she says. “It was not a huge time commitment, and it helped to have that insider information from doctors and feedback from others in the program.”