Dreaming of a good night’s sleep? Can’t sleep at night? Fall asleep during the day? Does your spouse complain of snoring all night? You’re not alone. An estimated 100 million Americans do not get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
A cup of warm milk or counting sheep may not do the trick, but sweet dreams could be just a night away thanks to our Sleep Disorder Center, which evaluates and treats patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia.
Many people suffer needlessly from sleep disorders. These disorders can affect their livelihoods and endanger their health. Untreated sleep apnea can increase a person’s chance of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. In addition, daytime drowsiness caused by sleep disorders increases the risk for work-related and driving accidents.
If you or someone you love suffers from disrupted or unsatisfying sleep, spending a night at the sleep center at Jennersville Regional may help. Each room in the sleep lab is modeled after an upscale hotel room, featuring living and kitchen areas and a bathroom with shower.
Guests arrive at the sleep lab around 7:30 p.m. and are encouraged to prepare for bed as they would at home. If an individual has a certain routine —like drinking a glass of milk at bedtime or watching a certain television show—the facility can be stocked and prepared to meet the need. A patient can even bring their spouse or a loved one to stay with them.
While patients are sleeping, technologists monitor their heart rates, oxygen levels, and eye and leg movements via neurological electrodes. They return home the next morning, and their results are available typically within two or three days.
For more information about our sleep services, please call 610-869-1210.
Common Sleep Disorders
Our Sleep Disorder Center helps your physician diagnosis several types of sleep disorders including:
Some other sleep problems include sleepwalking, problems adjusting to shift work, body clock disorder and age-related changes in sleeping patterns.
The first step is to make an appointment with your primary care doctor as a physician prescription is required for a sleep study. If you're looking for a family physician, click here.
Here are a few ideas that may help your sleep:
- Maintain a regular bedtime and regular times to awaken
- Everyone's Sleep is unique; adjust your sleep to fit your need for you to feel alert and energetic during the day
- Avoid naps during the day
- Regular exercise in the morning or early afternoon may deepen your sleep
- Find a comfortable bedroom temperature and maintain it through the night
- Avoid heavy meals within 2 hours if bedtime; a light snack may help you sleep
- Do not drink alcohol after dinner
- Avoid stimulants and caffeine after 5 p.m.
- Chronic use of tobacco disturbs sleep
- If you have trouble falling asleep, do not stay in bed more than 15 minutes