Sleep Lab

Sleep Disorders Center

The Lower Bucks Hospital Sleep Disorders Center since 1986 has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Our center's professional staff has helped thousands of patients who suffer from sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, and the serious health issues that come from not getting the required sleep.

Sleep is essential to good health. For most people, sleep takes care of itself. About 25% of our population suffers from some form of sleep disorder.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimated that sleep problems affect more than 40 million Americans each year. In 1992, a National Commission reported to Congress that pervasive sleep deprivation resulted in industrial errors, accidents, disability, damage and death.

The Sleep Disorders Center at Lower Bucks Hospital is a state-of-the-art, sleep lab offering evaluation, testing, and treatment for disorders of sleeping and waking. The Center features private rooms with free internet access in a comfortable, home-like setting.

What is a Sleep Disorder?
A sleep disorder is a disruptive pattern of sleep that can include difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep.

Side effects of a sleep disorder can include increased fatigue, irritability, depression, reduced attention and concentration, mood changes, frequent illness, lost productivity and high accident rates.

Disrupted sleep due to breathing difficulty has been associated with abnormal heart rhythm, hypertension, accelerated heart disease, stroke and even death.

Are you at risk?
Several factors can increase the risk of developing sleep apnea including:

  • Family history of snoring
  • Obesity
  • Male gender
  • Post-menopausal women
  • Large neck circumference
  • Large tonsils and/or adenoids
  • Hypothyroidism

You may have a sleep disorder if you have:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Snoring problems
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

How Can We Help You?
You will spend a night sleeping in a private room in a home-like setting while being monitored by a specially trained sleep technician. Before you go to sleep, painless sensors will be applied to your body in order to measure your brain waves, eye movement, heart rate and breathing. The technician will monitor you on video as you sleep, and monitor oxygen levels, body movement and muscle activity.

Interpreting the Results
A physician specially trained in sleep disorders will read and interpret the results and provide you with a recommendation for treatment and follow-up.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services:

  • Polysomnographic Studies
  • CPAP/BiPAP Titration
  • MSLT/MWT Study
  • Patient Education
  • Sleep Consultations/Mask Clinics

A sleep study includes placement of electronic leads that are positioned on the head, chest and limbs to record information about brain waves, eye movements, heart rate, muscle activity, leg movements, breathing patterns, oxygen level and body position. A trained polysomnographic technician in an adjacent room monitors the process throughout the night. The procedure is painless and non-invasive. Although many express doubts about being able to sleep under such conditions, most people do sleep enough through the night for a valid study.

We accept most insurance plans. Patient must have a prescription. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (215) 785-9752.