If you have a sleep disorder, you’re in good company—sleep disorders
affect one in three adults in the United States. Fortunately, this isn’t
an issue you have to take lying down—our board certified sleep medicine
specialists are here to help. Our team will diagnose and treat your
sleep disorder so that you can get back to sleeping soundly and waking
Do I have a sleep disorder?
Sleep disorders can be subtle—after all, it’s hard to pay attention to
your symptoms when you’re asleep. People with sleep disorders may notice
Falling asleep or dozing off when you didn’t mean to, like
during a meeting or a movie
Snoring loudly, sometimes to the point of waking yourself or
someone else up
Waking up gasping for breath
Breathing through the mouth while sleeping, which leads to dry
mouth when you wake up
Appearing to stop breathing during sleep
Waking up with a headache
Taking longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep
Sleeping for fewer than six hours per night
Waking up more than four times per night
Walking, talking or screaming during sleep
Moving your legs involuntarily while you sleep
Kids can have sleep disorders, too. While they can have many of the same
symptoms as adults, as a parent, you may also notice that your child:
Sleeps restlessly or with their head in strange positions
Sweats heavily during sleep
Is difficult to wake up in the mornings
Has behavior challenges at school or falls asleep in class
Speaks with a nasal voice or breathes through the mouth
The good news is that sleep disorders are treatable, so kids and adults
alike can see one of our specialists, get a diagnosis, get treatment and
get back to sleeping soundly.
How are sleep disorders diagnosed?
When it comes to diagnosing sleep disorders, the first step is to meet
with one of our sleep specialists during the daytime for a consultation.
Then you’ll come back for a sleep study appointment during your normal
We have several Sleep Centers, which means you can pick the best
location for you when scheduling a sleep study. If you think your child
may have a sleep disorder, our Bryn Mawr and Paoli locations offer
specialized pediatric sleep studies and sleep medicine services in
During the sleep study, specialists will be measuring your heart, lungs,
muscles and brain to see what condition might be affecting your sleep. A
sleep study can diagnose conditions like:
Circadian rhythm disorder
Restless legs syndrome
Periodic limb movement disorder
After the sleep study, our team will schedule another daytime
appointment to talk about your results and treatment options.
What you can expect from treatment
Depending on what sleep disorder you have, treatments vary. The sleep
medicine team will talk to you about your options, which can include
medicines, relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes and/or different
therapies. We’ll work with you to find a method—or combination of
methods—that will get you sleeping soundly.
If you have a sleep disorder, you don’t have to resign yourself to a
life of mental and physical exhaustion. Make sure you’re getting the
best rest possible with the Sleep Medicine team at Main Line Health.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.