Sleep Disorders Center

Sleep Disorders Center

One in three people has a sleep disorder, yet 95 percent of them remain undiagnosed.

Most people know that sleep, like diet and exercise, is a pillar of health and that daytime sleepiness can take a major toll on basic daily function. Unfortunately, many people go about their daily lives feeling excessively sleepy without mentioning this to their doctor. In fact, a National Sleep Foundation poll found, “that less than half of people say they would talk to their doctor if they thought they had a sleep problem, and seven in ten said that their doctor had never asked them about their sleep.”

One in three people has a sleep disorder, yet 95 percent of them remain undiagnosed. If you feel sleepy on a regular basis and it interferes with your productivity, your ability to think clearly, or to take care of and enjoy your family, treat this symptom seriously and talk to your doctor. If you have an upcoming well visit, you can discuss it then.

Working with Your Doctor for Better Sleep

The good news is sleep disorders can be diagnosed accurately and treated effectively.

Your doctor can work with you to sort out whether your sleepiness is a result of your sleep hygiene (e.g. your schedule and sleep environment), a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or possibly another health condition that causes sleepiness. Your doctor will likely ask you questions about your sleep habits and review your medical history to determine if further tests and possibly even a sleep study would be beneficial.

The good news is sleep disorders can be diagnosed accurately and treated effectively.

Sleep Studies Can Help

Our Sleep Center can help. A trip to a sleep lab is likely to be a new experience. The sleep lab at Jennersville Hospital is cool, comfortable, and quiet. A physician referral is required for a sleep study. For sleep testing appointments, call 610-869-1210.

Sleep studies are non-invasive procedures covered by most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. The night of the study, you will report to the sleep lab around 8:30 p.m. for your overnight stay. A specially trained sleep technician will apply small, lightweight electrodes to your skin and scalp. These electrodes monitor your muscle, brain, and respiratory activity.

All the information recorded during the sleep study is then reviewed by a sleep doctor. The doctor will use this information along with details from your medical history and sleep behavior questionnaire to determine a diagnosis and specialized treatment plan.