Sleep Medicine


A good night's sleep is an easy thing to take for granted, unless it is something you just can't seem to get. Snoring, restlessness, insomnia and excessive fatigue are the cause of continual unrest for 40 million people. A sleep problem can leave a person feeling tired or drowsy and unable to function well during the day. For some, the problems can be life-threatening.

At Allegheny Health Network, we've been working to put an end to the nightmare of sleep disorders for more than 20 years. By monitoring and evaluating a patient’s body functions during sleep, physicians can accurately diagnose sleep disorders and prescribe appropriate treatment. We offer a Sleep Center, a specially equipped section of the health center designed exclusively for overnight sleep studies. While patients sleep in rooms decorated with home-like furnishings, certified technicians and equipment in an adjacent monitoring station observe them and record such data as sleep patterns, heart and respiratory activity, and body movements. In most cases, sleep studies are completed in one night, and the patient is discharged the following day.

Our Specialties:

  • Polysomnography (sleep study)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Electro-oculogram (EOG)
  • Submental electro-myogram (EMG)
  • Esophageal Ph monitoring
  • Multidisciplinary team consultation
  • State-of-the-art sleep laboratory
  • All studies interpreted by board-certified sleep physicians
  • Excessive snoring treatment
  • Hypersomnolence treatment
  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • Narcolepsy treatment
  • Insomnia treatment
  • Parasomnia treatment

 

About Sleep Disorders

The most common sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. A child or adult with this condition stops breathing, wakes up to start breathing again, and then falls back to sleep hundreds or even thousands of times every night.

Sleep disorder symptoms include:

  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Loug or frequent snoring
  • Breathing irregularities
  • Nighttime chest pains
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability

 

More about 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.

 

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.

 

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.


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