The Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center held a symposium Saturday on Sleep Essentials for Nursing Providers. The symposium, the first of its kind, was well attended and focused on how best to optimize a whole care team approach for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.


Optimizing Care Team Approach for Sleep Disorders

Cleveland Clinic
Course Description 

Sleep disorders affect over 70 million Americans and cost the U.S. economy nearly $150 billion annually in lost productivity and preventable accidents. At the 1st Cleveland Clinic Nursing Sleep Symposium, we are fighting back.

Frequently undiagnosed or untreated, chronic sleep disturbances are associated with a host of adverse health and psychosocial outcomes. The goals of this symposium are to increase awareness of common sleep disorders and their treatments and discuss opportunities for advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses and medical assistants to participate in the management of sleep disorders and innovate team-based sleep care delivery models.

The program will highlight prevalent disorders including obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia that have broad implications on population health and lend themselves to team-based care. The stimulating agenda will provide a comprehensive update of sleep disorders including focused breakout sessions on novel therapeutic interventions presented by multidisciplinary teams. The role of nursing in sleep medicine care delivery and the impact of shift work and chronic sleep loss on healthcare providers will be emphasized.

We invite you to join us for what promises to be an innovative and informative program.

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Beyond Heart Health: Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Beyond Heart Health: Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea webcast, part of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Cleveland Clinic State-of-the-Art Review online series, will review the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea.

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A Guide to Sleep Apnea

New York Times
Every night, millions of Americans go to bed and drift into an evening of sleep that is anything but peaceful. They snore and gasp for air throughout the night, causing chronic sleepiness and increasing their risk of heart disease, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. This condition, known as sleep apnea, affects an estimated 22 million Americans. Yet most people who have it never get it diagnosed. They suffer night after night and jeopardize their health. Here’s what you need to know about sleep apnea, along with some of the best ways to detect and sometimes even

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Cleveland Clinic State-of-the-Art Review

Sleep Apnea and the Heart webcast, part of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Cleveland Clinic State-of-the-Art Review online series, will review the physiology of sleep-heart interactions.

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UVA Today “When Snorting Goes from Annoying to Dangerous: Engineer Studies Sleep Apnea”

March 7, 2019
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Everyday Health “Study Identifies New Link Between Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Alzheimer’s Disease”

March 6, 2019
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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 John H. Schaff Platform Tennis Classic

We want to thank everyone who came out to the 2019 John H. Schaff Platform Tennis Classic at the Kent Country Club on Friday, Feb. 22. We had a great time! Our annual paddle tournament is held in memory of John Schaff and raises money for Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Centers. With your support, we can further spread awareness about sleep apnea. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Cullen Malloy, Bruce Hungerford, Matt Pursley and Randy Ford.

How do you sleep? It could be a matter of life and death.

February 19, 2019

A Grand Rapids woman is making it her mission to educate doctors and their patients about the dangers of sleep apnea. She knows better than most people how tragic the disorder can be.
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Sleep Apnea Especially Dangerous for Women’s Hearts

February 19, 2019

Obstructive sleep apnea ― a condition that’s often accompanied by severe snoring ― is a common, yet dangerous sleep disorder that involves short periods of stopped breathing during sleep.
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Consumer Reports – How to Choose and Use a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea

January 30, 2019

CPAP machines come in a wide variety of styles. Here’s the latest review from Consumer Reports.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Who's at Risk and What to Know

Published on November 28, 2018
US News & World Report
daytime sleepiness and mood changes have in common? They're all signs of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA – a common but grossly under-recognized sleep disorder.

What Is OSA?

OSA is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. Normally, throat muscles hold the airway open, allowing you to breathe during sleep. During an apnea episode the airway collapses, causing the diaphragm and chest wall muscles to work harder to open it. Breathing usually resumes with a loud snore, gasp or body jerk, and you may wake up and feel a sensation of choking. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep and reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs, contributing to daytime sleepiness, fatigue and depressed mood. But that's not all.
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Collaborative Summit Explores Models to Improve Patient Care for Sleep Apnea

Published on November 28, 2018
Sleep Review Magazine
In Chicago on Saturday, Nov 10, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) hosted 35 representatives from 14 medical associations and patient advocacy groups for a one-day Sleep-Disordered Breathing Collaboration Summit to discuss strategies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
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Wake Up to sleep Disorders 2018:  A Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center Update

September 7-8, 2018
Symposium Brochure
Mary Schaff served on a panel at a Cleveland Clinic symposium on current trends in sleep medicine. The symposium was intended for health care practitioners in a wide range of fields who provide care to patients suffering from sleep disorders.  Mary shared her personal story  to underscore the need for further education and awareness of sleep apnea within the medical community.


Mary hosts the John H. Schaff Platform Tennis Classic, an annual paddle tournament that takes place the last Friday in February in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Donations from the winter fundraiser go directly to Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center to advance research and education on sleep disorders.

For more information, please contact:
Bruce Hungerford


Bruce Hungerford and Cullen Malloy - 2018

Dave Brus and Chris Gundersen - 2017

Dave Brus and Patrick Bruining - 2016

Article in blog – 5 Sneaky Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

April 19, 2018 (Jessica Vensel Rundo, MD, CCSDC contributes)

Citing “what every older adult should know,” this article breaks down why sleep apnea happens, potential signs of sleep apnea and what to do if you notice them.
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