From counting sheep to healthy sleep:
The ABCs of ZZZs  

Are you groggy? Do you nod off at your desk? Loss of sleep can cause problems at home or on the job, and can lead to serious or even fatal accidents. It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million U.S. adults have some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder that can interfere with their health.

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 – 7 pm for “Catching Some ZZZ’s: Healthy Sleep Behaviors,” a free interactive workshop held at 55 Park St., 2nd floor Auditorium, New Haven. YNHH pulmonologist Janet Hilbert, MD, and psychologist Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD, of YNHH's adult and pediatric sleep centers, will explore the causes of poor sleep, share tips for healthy sleep behaviors and answer questions about sleep apnea. They will also discuss treatments that help children who struggle with sleep disorders. Attendees will also learn simple movements and breathing techniques to aid sleep. The workshop is open to anyone who is struggling with sleep issues.  

Register online or call all 1-888-700-6543. Validated parking is available in the Air Rights Garage. Park on the 4th floor and bring your parking ticket to class to be validated.

Many sleep-related conditions can affect your ability to get a full night of rest. Sleep apnea is one. A common disorder that causes a frequent closing of the throat while sleeping, sleep apnea has been linked to many other conditions, including cardiovascular disease, asthma exacerbation, glaucoma, erectile dysfunction and neurocognitive problems. Researchers have found that sleep apnea may also increase the risk for mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Symptoms of sleep apnea may include: snoring, daytime sleepiness, waking up gasping for breath and long pauses in breathing during sleep. 

How do you know if you have sleep apnea?  Email ynhhpublicrelations@ynhh.org with “Sleep” in the subject line, and we’ll send you a free screening quiz to help you determine if you are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea.  

Early detection is key for breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second-leading cancer among women in the United States — but millions of women are surviving the disease, thanks in part to regular screening, early detection and improvements in treatment. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when women are encouraged to learn about the importance of early detection and how to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

When should you be screened? The earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances that treatment will be effective, so the goal is to find cancers before they begin to cause symptoms. All women of average risk who are 40 years and older should receive annual screening mammograms. Women who are at an increased lifetime risk of breast cancer (due to strong family history, known genetic mutations that are associated with breast cancer, and/or received chest radiation for other cancer or conditions between the ages of 10 – 30) may consider screening before age 40. If you have any of these risk factors, you should talk to your health care providers about when and how to screen for breast cancer.

The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven performs approximately 20,000 breast examinations each year. These consist of screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations. Yale New Haven Hospital offers online scheduling for mammograms at our Guilford, North Haven and New Haven locations. To learn more about breast cancer screening, prevention and services at the Breast Center, call 203-200-2328.

As part of the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Screening Programs, Yale New Haven Hospital offers comprehensive breast and cervical cancer screening for medically underserved women. Services such as mammograms, clinical breast exams and Pap smears are offered free of charge for eligible women over age 40 who meet certain criteria. To find out if you are eligible or for more information about the program, call 203-688-2219.

Preventing falls: Make your home a safer place  

Falls are a serious problem with terrible consequences – especially for older people. Fractures of the wrist, shoulder and/or pelvis can have a devastating effect on independence. In fact, falls are the cause of most broken hips, and only half of those who break their hip say that they get around as well as they did before their injury. 

As you age, your risk of falling becomes greater because of changes in vision and balance, along with other medical and physical conditions. Most people also lose bone density as they age, so the risk of broken bones from falls is a greater concern. 

Here are a few safety measures you can take at home to reduce your risk of falling as you get older: 

  • Remove small rugs or use double-sided tape under small rugs to prevent slipping.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum. Remove things from walking areas that you could trip over.
  • Keep the temperature in your home at a comfortable level. This will keep you from becoming too dizzy from extreme cold or heat.
  • Keep items used often within reach, so you don't have to rely on a step stool.
  • Install handle bars next to toilets and bathtubs or showers.
  • Use nonslip mats in bathtubs and showers.
  • Improve the lighting in your home.
  • Remove electrical cords from the floor in walking areas.
  • Install handrails and lights on all staircases.

Email ynhhpublicrelations@ynhh.org for a free brochure filled with safety tips and a list of  community resources. Include the words “Fall Prevention” in the subject line. Tell us if you would like the English- or the Spanish-language brochure

Free yoga for cancer patients

Smilow Cancer Hospital patients can relax, renew and rejuvenate in a safe, soothing, supportive space with specially designed yoga classes held in two locations in October. The free class offers gentle poses and modifications, stretching and strengthening exercises, mindful breathing practices and systematic relaxation at the end of every class. No previous yoga experience is necessary. 

Classes are held on the following dates, times and locations:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 23 and 30 from 11 am – 12 pm at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike Old Saybrook. Free parking is available. 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 am at 48 York St., New Haven. Park in the Air Rights Garage; you will receive a $4 parking voucher at the class. 

Note: Smilow patients should check with their treatment team before registering to determine if yoga is appropriate at this time. Register online (click on the desired date in the calendar) or call 1-888-700-6543. 

A place to stay for family members

Did you know that Yale New Haven Hospital has a hotel for families and caregivers of patients who are admitted for short- or long-term inpatient hospital care? Located at the corner of Dwight Street and North Frontage Road in New Haven, The Suites at Yale New Haven is just two blocks from YNHH’s York Street Campus, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, and a short distance from YNHH’s Saint Raphael Campus. A shuttle is provided between the two campuses. Patients who prefer a day of rest before traveling home may book a stay at The Suites as well. 

The Suites offers all the comforts of home in a warm, welcoming setting. It includes 24 suites with extended stay options. Each suite, with full kitchen, can be reserved daily, weekly or monthly. A stay at The Suites includes complementary parking, wireless internet access, business center, exercise room, onsite laundry, 24-hour security and a 24-hour escort service to and from the hospital. Guests at The Suites will also find a restaurant and dry-cleaning services around the corner.

It is highly recommended to make reservations in advance. Call 203-654-7500 for details.

Referrals for physicians and surgeons

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 or visit our Find a Doctor feature on the hospital website for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry. 

Free blood pressure screenings

More than half of all Americans over 60 have high blood pressure — and many more are at risk of developing it, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at many community sites. Call 203-789-3275 for a list of locations and times or for more information.

Need blood work? We’re in your neighborhood

When your physician orders blood work or you need to schedule a blood test, Yale New Haven Health makes it easy with blood draw stations conveniently located in your community. No appointment is necessary and all major insurance plans are accepted.

Please note: A requisition form is required. Our blood draw stations honor requisitions from other labs.

Find a location that's convenient on this list of blood draw locations on our website.

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Yale New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Monday, Oct. 21 and Monday, Nov. 18 from 5 - 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.