Sleep Disorder Center
Is the quality of your sleep at night causing you problems during the day? Not getting a good night’s rest can lead to a lack of energy, poor job performance, accidents, and serious illness. We can help!
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing repeatedly during sleep due to collapse of the airway, which prevents air from getting into the lungs. As a result, sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness and fatigue during the day.
Obstructive sleep apnea affects an estimated 15 million Americans. Sleep apnea can be the underlying cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, fatigue-related motor vehicle and work-related accidents – and a decreased quality of life.
Sleep disorder symptoms may include:
- • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
- • Concentration and memory problems
- • Loud or frequent snoring
- • Breathing irregularities
- • Nighttime chest pains
- • Morning headaches
- • Irritability
If you have any of these symptoms, speak to your doctor, who can recommend an evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea by a physician specializing in sleep disorders.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is commonly diagnosed by a sleep study, an outpatient diagnostic procedure performed over one or two nights in the Sleep Disorder Center. Sleep study appointments can also be scheduled during the morning, afternoon, and evening hours to accommodate your sleep schedule, and is covered by most insurance plans with a referral from your doctor.
Home sleep testing is available for patients with signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, allowing for a diagnosis in your home environment.
What happens during a sleep study?
The procedure is safe and painless. Small wires are taped to various parts of your body so that trained specialists can record heart rate, brain activity, eye and muscle movements, and blood oxygen levels. All you have to do is sleep.
How is sleep apnea treated?
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). CPAP therapy provides a gentle flow of positive pressure air through a mask worn during sleep. Other treatments may include surgery, oral appliances, and lifestyle changes, including weight loss and exercise.
Jefferson Regional Sleep Disorders Centers are accredited by the Joint Commission, assuring that the highest standards of care are upheld. Our Sleep Disorder Centers are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. All of our staff are registered polysomnography technologists with credentialing through the Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists and/or registered respiratory therapists with credentialing through the National Board of Respiratory Care.