One out of three adults in the United States will have a sleeping
problem this year. Many individuals accept chronic problems with
sleeping and live in a state of fatigue, reducing their quality of life.
They deal with daytime sleepiness, negative health effects and increased
risk of accidents. If a sleep problem is disturbing you, your spouse or
another family member, and if it has persisted for more than a month, it
may be time to get help.
The Sleep Medicine Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital, located in the
Philadelphia suburbs, provides complete diagnostic and treatment
services for all types of sleep disorders. Our program is fully
accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Contact us if you:
Fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as while driving or
during social events, meetings or movies
Have sudden daytime sleep attacks
Snore loudly and awaken yourself or others with snores
Wake up gasping for breath
Breathe through the mouth while sleeping and frequently have dry
mouth in the morning
Appear to stop breathing during sleep
Frequently awaken with a headache
Take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep
Sleep less than six hours
Wake more than four times a night
Walk, talk or scream during sleep
Have uncontrollable movements of the legs before or during sleep
What to Expect
Treatment begins with a daytime consultation with a sleep specialist.
After the consultation, if needed, a staff member schedules a sleep
study in our comfortable, relaxing facility during the patient's
normal sleeping time.
During the sleep study sessions, technologists use noninvasive,
state-of-the-art equipment to monitor a patient's heart, respiratory
system, muscle activity, brain activity, oxygen level, body position and
Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Sleep Disorders
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. Our Sleep
Medicine Center provides diagnostic and treatment services to help you
get the sleep you need.
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. Other forms of
insomnia, such as restless leg syndrome (RLS)—a tingling
sensation in the legs—and periodic limb movement disorder
(PLMD)—kicking or twitching of the legs during sleep—can be
treated with a combination of behavior therapy 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 prevelant 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.
At the Sleep Medicine Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital, our goal is to help
you get the rest you need to feel refreshed, recharged and ready to face
each day. Call today for more information or ask your physician for a
referral to the Sleep Medicine Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, call the Sleep Medicine Center at Bryn Mawr
Hospital at 484.337.3300. We serve patients of all ages from all over
the Philadelphia area.
Bryn Mawr Hospital
New Appointments 1.866.CALL.MLH or 484.580.1000
Bryn Mawr Hospital
130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.