From insomnia to snoring, sleep problems can interfere with a person's health, well-being, and interpersonal relationships. Some people become so used to poor quality sleep that they aren't always aware of the negative impact it has on their family and/or work life. But it doesn't need to be this way! The Kennedy Sleep Center has helped thousands of area residents take the first step toward diagnosis and treatment for various sleep disorders. Remember, better sleep will mean a better you!
What are Sleep Disorders?Sleep disorders are defined as any abnormal or irregular sleeping pattern. The most common include:
Insomnia, described as difficulty falling and remaining asleep, difficulty returning to sleep, early morning awakenings or non-restorative sleep. Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder can lead to insomnia.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a potentially harmful condition where a person literally stops breathing while asleep, for several seconds at a time, many times during the course of a night. While a person suffering from Sleep Apnea won't usually be aware of these incidents of "non-breathing," what they will notice is that they sleep poorly, have low energy or feel drowsy during the day.
Narcolepsy, a genetic sleep disorder that results in excessive sleepiness, even when sleep has occurred.
How are Sleep Disorders Diagnosed?Often, a person will seek help for a sleep problem because their bed partner complains that their snoring has gotten worse, or that they stop breathing for several seconds in their sleep. Other times, a person will realize that they are experiencing periods of extreme sleepiness during the day. But not all patients realize they sleep poorly or even know they're tired! They experience such a gradual decline, it seems "normal" to them. It can take a while to make the connection that a sleep problem is taking its toll on someone's health and mood.
The Kennedy Sleep Center – which has three convenient locations in Camden and Gloucester counties – is a state-of-the-art testing facility, offering the latest technology in a comfortable,
home-like setting. Patients referred to the Kennedy Sleep Center will be scheduled for their overnight testing at the facility closest to their home or be provided with the education and equipment to self- administer a sleep study in the privacy of their home.
Testing at Our Sleep CenterWhile you may be anxious, be assured that sleep studies are painless. After arriving at the Kennedy Sleep Center, at your scheduled time, a technician will apply electrodes and sensors to your head and body to record brain activity, eye movement, respirations, oxygen levels, heart rate, leg movements and record nasal and oral airflow. You will have your own room with hotel-like amenities. Your sleep patterns will be monitored and recorded throughout the night. Please note that your technician cannot provide you with the results of your study – the data will be forwarded to a physician, who is board certified in Sleep Medicine, for interpretation. From there, the results will be provided to your referring doctor.
Home Sleep TestingCertain patients, including those with no known history of medical illness, may qualify for an initial sleep study to be done at in the privacy of their home. If you qualify, you will receive detailed, in-person instructions about how to set up your home sleep equipment, which you will then mail back to us, free-of-charge, for interpretation.
What About Treatment Options?If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan. Many patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can be successfully treated with a device that assists with breathing (called C-PAP), while those with narcolepsy may require special medications. Your doctor will discuss various treatment options and recommend a course of action.
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Source: The National Sleep Foundation, Sleep in America Poll, The National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationKennedy's Sleep Centers are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), meaning they have met or exceed all standards for professional healthcare as designated by the AASM. These standards address personnel, facilities and equipment, patient care, and quality assurance, among others. Additionally, the sleep center's goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. All Physicians who interpret sleep studies at Kennedy are Board Certified in Sleep Medicine. This is a level of expertise and quality that sets us apart.
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