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
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
- Male gender
- Post-menopausal women
- Large neck circumference
- Large tonsils and/or adenoids
You may have a sleep disorder if you have:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Trouble staying asleep
- Snoring problems
- Daytime fatigue
- 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.