Sleep Medicine Services

Laurel Regional Hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for patients suffering from sleep-related health issues. The program is directed by physicians who are board certified in pulmonology and sleep medicine.

One out of every four people suffer from a sleep disorder and sleep disorders have become one of the most underdiagnosed and undertreated medical conditions of our time. Why? Because patients aren’t aware of the seriousness of their sleep problem, therefore they don’t bring it to the attention of their doctor and unless doctors proactively ask pertinent sleep-related questions, it becomes more difficult to diagnose an underlying sleep disorder condition that may be causing the symptoms that have been described by the patient. And when a sleep disorder is not treated early, it can lead to serious, even life-threatening, cardiac and neurological problems which are far more costly to treat.

Common types of sleep disorders include:

    • Sleep Apnea or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
    • Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep and is also the most common sleep complaint among Americans.
    • Narcolepsy is treatable in most cases. Many people with Narcolepsy also suffer from uncontrollable sleepiness, vivid daytime dreams, sleep paralysis and a brief loss of muscle control.
    • Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS)

Up to 10% of people in the U.S. may have repeated, uncontrollable leg twitching/jerking while they sleep. A medical treatment is usually effective.

  • Most Nightmares/Sleepwalking can be diagnosed and treated medically.

Services and sleep studies performed at the Sleep Wellness Center, include but are not limited to:

  • Consultative services where patients are seen and evaluated by a board certified sleep physician.
  • Polysomnogram (PSG) is a test designed to analyze a patient’s physical state during sleep. It is a painless test, which monitors sleep patterns, breathing patterns, heart function, muscle activities, brain waves, and other important factors.
  • Split-Night Polysomnogram or Split-Night Sleep Study enables a physician to diagnose/confirm the presence of Sleep Apnea and determine the optimal treatment air pressure for a CPAP machine in one (1) overnight test.
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is a test designed to analyze a patient’s degree of daytime sleepiness by determining how rapidly a person falls asleep.
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Titration is the medical treatment phase of a sleep test.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms:

  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • stentorian snoring
  • gasping or choking awakenings
  • awakenings for uncertain reasons
  • restless sleep
  • non-refreshing sleep
  • poor memory
  • poor intellectual function
  • irritability
  • personality changes
  • morning headaches
  • confusion

Look and Ask to Detect Apnea

Patients rarely present with a sleep disorder. If the patient is middle-aged (35-55) and overweight with a 17 1/2″ neck size, they fit the physical profile. If they fit the profile and answer “yes” to the following 3 questions, suspect apnea:

  • Do you sleep poorly at night?
  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Are you tired during the day?

Our goal is to make our patients’ sleep laboratory experience as comfortable and productive as possible. If we can assist in any way or you’d like to learn more about the Sleep Wellness Center’s services, please contact us at 301-725-4300 Monday through Friday between the hours of 800 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

If you require assistance after hours, on weekends, and holidays or would like to schedule a sleep study appointment, please call 301-725-4300.

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