Sleep Clinic Opens in Sunnyside

     Sleepless in Seattle? Well that's not the case now for tired Sunnyside residents.

     A ribbon cutting ceremony took place today as Sunnyside Community Hospital and Clinics opened their new Sleep Disorders Center to the public. The center was built to provide care for residents in the Lower Yakima Valley who seek care from outside options.

The Center for Disease Control suggests 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. The new center aims to help people with restless leg syndrome, insomnia and the most common, sleep apnea

      "Obstructive sleep apnea is very common, it effects about 16 million of Americans. It's potentially life threatning, it can kill," said Dr. Bryan Santiago
"Patients have been traveling to either Yakima or Tri-Cities, and wait for weeks, sometimes even months to recieve essential sleep disorder testing," said John Gallagher during his speech.

      The sleep study process involves spending a night at the sleep disorder center. The center will monitor sleep patterns using multiple equipment to test the brain, heart and muscles as you sleep.