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Ask the Expert: Sleep Paralysis -- KATHY CALDWELL, RPSGT., RCE BS 0 7he other morning l experienced a frighteningfe, ding when I opened my eyes upon awakening, but I couldn't move my body. What i. happening to meZ. This condition is called sleep paralysis, tt could happen once or frequently throughout the night. Typically, sleep paralysis occurs while you falling asleep or as you are waking up. Some people feel heaviness on their chest or they can't speak for several seconds. During sleep, your body alternates between REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. During REM your muscles relax and your body restores itself, if you become conscious before the REM cycle has finished, your muscles may still be in a paralyzed relaxed state causing the sleep paralysis. Although not considered a serious health condition, it is recommended that you let your physician know so he or she can rule out other sleeping problems such as irregular sleep schedules, too little sleep, stress, mental disorders, medications, or sleep apnea. Most of the time, the treatment for sleep paralysis is getting six to eight hours of sleep consistently and recognizing sleep paralysis is temporary, and relaxing u'niil you-rbody has completed it6 REM cycle. For more Information on sleep disorders, ontaot your family physician or the BLMC Cardlopulmonary department at (530) 252-2187, V "Although not considered a serious health condition, it is recommended that you let your physician know so he or she can rule out other sleeping problems such as irregular sleep schedules, too little sleep, stress, mental disorders, medications, or sleep apnca." Banner Lassen Medical Center named HealthStrong TM Top 1(}0 Critical Acc,ss h,,spital j anner Lassen Medical Center is one of four Banner Health hospitals recently TM named HeatthStrong Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. "Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals. The need for enhanced performance and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impact of health reform," said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics. "We are proud of the efforts of our teams at here at Banner Lassen Medical Center who have contributed to achieving this designation for outstanding quality care, outcomes, patient satisfaction and efficiency," said Bob Edwards, Chief Executive Officer at BLMC. The Banner Health facilities named HealthStrong TM Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, Calif., Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, Neb., Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyo., and Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyo. The four hospitals scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength Index TM. The Hospital Strength Index is a comprehensive rating of critical access hospitals, and the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a safety net to communities across rural America. The tool measures 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. More information can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com/HSI. ) "We are proud o(the efforts of our lt:f:lltl5 (:[ [H!I'(' (ti t3atztzer l,asxe/I Medical Cenu'r u,ho ttat,e CO/rttribttted to achieving ltis designation jbr ::uts:atJditg qua/i//care, outcomes, patient saiT,la(:'tion and eJ]icieno, " said Bob Edwards, Chif Executive Officer at BI.MC BLMC nurses honored during National Nurses Week "National Nurses Week is celebrated annually in May and includes National Nurses Day on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing." In honor of Nurses Week (May 6-12), Banner Lassen Medical Center would like to thank all of our nurses for the incredible work they do every day to provide excellent patient care. Nurses are the cornerstone of the health care industry. Nurses: advocate for health promotion educate patients and the public on the prevention of illness and injury provide care for patients and their families participate in rehabilitation provide support The nursing profession plays a critical role in improving patient outcomes, increasing access, coordinating care, and reducing health-care costs. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually in May and includes National Nurses Day on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Banner Lassen Medical Center is proud to recognize and truly appreciates the work all of our nurses do - each and every day.