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  Sleep Patient - Greg Budweg 

“I’ve got a lot more zip now,” says restaurant owner Greg Budweg. 


For Greg Budweg, the quest for great sleep began with a picture in a magazine. While waiting to see his doctor a few years ago, the Hubbell man flipped to a photo of a woman sleeping soundly.

Greg ripped out the picture and showed it to Dr. Joseph DellaValla.

“I want to sleep like this, doc,” he said. Greg spent his nights tossing and turning. “I’d wake up more tired than I was when I went to bed,” he said.

Greg worked with Dr. DellaValla and the team at the Portage Health Sleep Disorders Center to achieve his goal of healthy sleep.

An overnight sleep study confirmed that Greg was one of the 40 million Americans who have a sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes temporary stoppages in breathing, was robbing Greg of the rest he needed, sapping his energy and jeopardizing his health.

OSA and other sleep disorders, including snoring and insomnia, can contribute not only to sleepless nights, but also pose serious risks to physical and mental health, said Dr. DellaValla. He is one of just three physicians in the Upper Peninsula who has earned board certification in Sleep Medicine.

In the short term, people with OSA frequently are sleepy during the day, Dr. DellaValla said. This makes for poor quality of life, and has been shown to dramatically increase the risk for car crashes. In the long term, OSA has been associated with an increase in high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, stroke, heart attack and sudden death.

Greg began using a CPAP machine, a device that regulates his breathing while he sleeps. The change in the quality of his sleep – and in his life -- has been gradual, but profound. Sleeping well has boosted Greg’s energy level at home and at work at Jim’s Pizza, the restaurant he owns in Hancock.

“Getting enough sleep makes a big difference,” he said.

In 2006, Greg was one of the Sleep Disorders Center’s first patients. In 2008, the growing center moved into a brand-new location in Hancock. The state-of-the-art facility offers amenities that you won’t find at any other sleep lab in the western Upper Peninsula, including private rooms furnished with Sleep Number adjustable beds and plasma televisions.

Greg said that he would encourage anyone who has trouble sleeping to get checked out at the Sleep Disorders Center.

“Slowly but surely,” he said, “you’re going to feel a lot better.”


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