AmeriSleep Diagnostics Achieves Accreditation with ACHC

SAN DIEGO – May 10, 2018 – AmeriSleep Diagnostics, which serves the San Diego region, announced today it has achieved accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of diagnostic sleep disorder testing.

Accreditation is a process through which healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

“The ACHC sets a rigorous set of national standards and recognizes those who provide the highest quality health care,” explained Ashley Peterson, manager of AmeriSleep Diagnostics. “We are thrilled to achieve accreditation by the ACHC and plan to continue to provide the highest level of sleep diagnostic services to our patients throughout the Southern California region.”

AmeriSleep Diagnostics provides comprehensive diagnostics, education and treatment services for a variety of sleep disorders including:
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
• Snoring
• Insomnia
• Narcolepsy
• Sleepwalking
• Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

With two locations in Mission Valley and Oceanside, AmeriSleep Diagnostics offers both facility-based and in-home testing options. Staffed with certified sleep technicians and respiratory therapists, its clinics are luxury-hotel inspired to provide the most accurate and comfortable sleep studies available.

For more information about AmeriSleep Diagnostics, please visit AmeriSleepSD.com.

How Light Affects Your Sleep

Have you ever gone on vacation and slept like a baby in your hotel room? Your good night’s sleep may be a result of more than a comfortable mattress and a well-deserved mental break from the stress of everyday life. It could be related to the absence of light.

To help guests have a positive experience, many hotel rooms install blackout curtains in their rooms. They do this because research shows that light is one of the most significant external factors that can profoundly affect sleep.

Light-sensitive cells in the retinas of our eyes react to light and tell the brain whether its daytime or nighttime, setting our sleep patterns accordingly. When our surroundings transition from darkness to light, our brain can be tricked to think that it is a new day and try to wake the body.

Circadian rhythms are internal clocks that regulate our sleep. The length of a typical circadian rhythm is approximately 24 hours. Because artificial light is all around us, it can make it difficult for the brain to process the information correctly, which can lead to a disrupted circadian rhythm and cause us to lose sleep. Blue light appears to be the most disruptive at night because it suppresses the production of melatonin at a higher rate than other types of light. Common sources of blue light include fluorescent and LED lighting, as well as digital screens, such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs.

The next time you find yourself tossing and turning at night, open your eyes and notice if there is any light filling the space in your room. Common light sources that can affect your sleep include:

  • Alarm clock
  • Mobile device
  • Television
  • Street lights
  • Stars/Moon

For more information on sleep disorders and how to discover quality sleep, please visit www.amerisleepsd.com or contact us at 619-717-8102.

The Best Earplugs for Your Partner

Is your snoring keeping your partner awake at night and causing them to be sleep deprived? Sleep deprivation can contribute to lack of focus and make them feel irritable and cranky. Even when your partner eventually falls asleep, it’s likely that your snoring wakes them up a few hours later and that same snoring prevents them from falling back asleep.

You may want to consider having a sleep diagnostic test done to understand the cause of your snoring, and if there is an opportunity to remedy it.

In the meantime, you can help your partner get some rest by purchasing earplugs to help cancel out the snoring. The best earplugs for snoring should block out most noise and should have an NRR (noise reduction rating) of 30 and above. These types of earplugs can be found online, in your local drugstore, and are available from your doctor.

Following are some suggestions for earplugs in different price ranges which are all NRR30 and above:

Howard Leight by Honeywell MAX Disposable Foam Earplugs

Moldex 6800 Pura-Fit Soft-Foam Earplugs

Decibullz – Custom Molded Earplugs

HEAROS Xtreme Protection Noise Cancelling Disposable Foam Earplugs

The Ear Buddy Premium Soft Foam Earplugs

Flents Quiet Time Earplugs

SoundOff Sleep, with patented SnoreMasking™ technology – This one isn’t an ear plug but it uses technology to block out snoring.

Contact AmeriSleep Diagnostics at (619) 717-8102 to schedule an appointment to diagnose the cause of your snoring.