What to Expect
If you're referred to the Kennedy Sleep Center, you will be scheduled for overnight testing at the facility closest to your home. While it's natural to be nervous, rest assured that our sleep studies are painless. After arriving at your designated Kennedy Sleep Center, you will be assigned a private room with hotel-like amenities. 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 to record nasal and oral airflow. Your sleep patterns will be monitored and recorded throughout the night. The data will then be forwarded to a board-certified sleep medicine physician for interpretation. The results will be sent to your referring physician, who will share them with you.
If you have no known history of medical illness or meet other qualifications, you may be provided with the education and equipment to self-administer a sleep study in the privacy of your own 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.
Types of Sleep Disorders
You may be diagnosed with any number of sleep disorders—simply 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 "non-breathing" incidents, 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.
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 the right approach for your specific condition.
Kennedy's Sleep Centers are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), meaning that we have met or exceeded all standards for professional health care 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.
Are You at Risk?
To schedule a sleep study at any of our convenient locations, please call 800-580-6364.
Sleep Center at Cherry Hill
2211 Chapel Avenue, Suite 304
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sleep Center at Stratford
101 East Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084
Sleep Center at Washington Township
400 Medical Center Drive, Suite D
Sewell, NJ 08080