Although highly treatable, sleep disorders are often ignored or not
diagnosed for years, eroding quality of life, contributing to
depression, and increasing the risk for disease and injury. The Paoli
Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine provides complete diagnosis and
treatment for a variety of sleep disorders.
Some of the most common sleep disorders are:
Insomnia. Insomnia is the inability to fall
asleep or remain asleep without interruption. It is frequently a
learned behavior, brought on by a combination of poor sleep
habits, lifestyle behaviors and stress. Treatment is typically
conducted through behavior modification and medication.
Sleep Apnea Syndrome. Sleep apnea is a
potentially harmful medical condition that results in the
cessation of breathing for several seconds at a time, many times
during the night. It is caused by a temporary blockage of the
airway by soft tissues in the throat. This prevents adequate
rest and increases the risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart
disease and stroke. Symptoms are often first noticed by a bed
partner and include snoring, gasping, pauses in breathing and
frequent trips to the bathroom during the night. Although sleep
apnea is most common in middle-aged, overweight men, it occurs
in all populations, affecting 12 million Americans. Treatment
ranges from wearing a fitted nasal mask while sleeping to dental
devices and surgical procedures.
Narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a genetic sleep
disorder that results in excessive sleepiness, even when
adequate sleep has been attained. Symptoms include
uncontrollable naps, sleep paralysis (the inability to move at
the onset of sleep) and sudden loss of muscle control during
times of excitement. Most often, symptoms appear in a person's
teens and 20s and become increasingly prevalent in the 30s and
40s. Narcolepsy is typically treated with medication.
Parasomnia. Parasomnia describes a wide range
of behaviors that occur during deep and REM sleep. Symptoms
include sleepwalking, night terrors, confusional arousal (waking
up disoriented) and acting out dreams. This condition occurs in
all age groups. Medication and environmental control, ensuring a
safe sleep area, are the most common treatment methods.
Circadian Rhythm Disorder. This condition
occurs when a person's circadian rhythm—the body's internal
clock—becomes shifted. Circadian rhythm disorder can occur
because of jet lag, shift work or other environmental
disruptions. Sleep is typically normal but occurs on an unusual
schedule so that the person has trouble fitting into societal
demands; an afflicted person may fall asleep very early or very
late, for instance. Treatment includes light therapy and
modification of sleep behaviors.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). An affected
person will have an unpleasant feeling or sensation in his or
her legs, making it hard to fall asleep.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). With
this disorder sleep is disrupted by the involuntary movement of
one's arms and legs.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment for a consultation, contact the Paoli Hospital
Center for Sleep Medicine directly at 484.565.1358. In some instances, a
referral is not required.
Paoli Sleep Center
Make an Appointment 484.565.1358
Paoli Hospital Sleep Center
2 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 100
Paoli, PA 19301
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.