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Sleep Disorders – Patient Care and Treatment

Sleep Disorders – Patient Care and Treatment

The Sleep Research and Treatment Center offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders to help patients get the rest they need to lead a healthy life.

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Conquering sleep disorders

You may be fully aware that you have a sleep problem, or you might be experiencing daytime fatigue, and you aren’t sure why. Letting sleep problems go undiagnosed and untreated can diminish your quality of life.

Let us help you. We treat conditions including (but not limited to):

  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Nighttime breathing symptoms
  • Abnormal sleep behavior
  • Narcolepsy
  • Insomnia
  • Restless leg syndrome

To diagnose and treat sleep disorders, our comprehensive services include:

  • Consultation with a team of experts with specialty training in Sleep Medicine
  • Providers with special expertise in pediatrics
  • The area’s only fully integrated chronic insomnia program
  • Overnight and daytime sleep studies
  • Nocturnal seizure monitoring
  • Multiple sleep latency and maintenance of wakefulness tests
  • PAP-NAP studies
  • Home sleep apnea testing
  • Actigraphy studies

Your first appointment with us will be a daytime consultation with our sleep experts. If further evaluation is needed, we will recommend a sleep study in our sleep lab.

About our sleep lab

We offer 12 bedrooms, each equipped with a Sleep Number bed, television, WiFi access, and a patient lounge with assorted snacks. 

After Hours

If you have urgent questions or need directions on the evening of your sleep study (after 5 p.m.), please call 717-531-8717

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Learn about treating sleep problems in children at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Get details.

What it shows

Doctors use sleep studies to investigate many aspects of a patient’s sleep, such as:

  • Sleep architecture: The quantity of time you spend in each phase of sleep can indicate your overall quality of sleep.
  • Respiration: A significant pattern of breathing cessations during sleep may indicate the presence of sleep-disordered breathing.
  • Leg movements: A pattern of leg movements may indicate the presence of restless leg syndrome.

What to expect in the evening

When you arrive at the sleep lab, you will change into comfortable sleeping attire and meet with our sleep technologist. The technologist will explain the process for the night and prepare you for the night’s recordings so we can obtain your sleep data. This involves:

  • Attaching electrodes to your face and scalp
  • Attaching devices to measure changes in respiration around the chest, nose, and mouth
  • Wrapping an oximeter around your finger to measure your blood oxygen levels during sleep
  • Attaching electrodes on both calves to record leg muscle movement during sleep
  • Fitting you with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) interface if you show symptoms of sleep apnea.
  • Once the setup is complete, you will be able to relax and attempt to go to sleep.

What to expect in the morning

  • The technologist will remove all electrodes and devices from your head and body.
  • You will complete a morning questionnaire regarding how you felt throughout the night.
  • You will have the opportunity to complete a survey before leaving to let us know how we did.

What to expect after your sleep study

  • Your sleep study will be analyzed and translated into useable data.
  • After your study has been analyzed, the useable data will be forwarded to one of our sleep specialist physicians for his/her interpretation. The physician will then dictate a final report.
  • Upon completion of the physician’s final report, our medical staff will contact you to let you know that the results of your sleep study have been finalized.  You may be informed of the next step in your treatment or referred to your ordering provider for results.
  • The above process is generally completed within three-to-four weeks. We will contact you when your results are ready.
  • Finalized sleep study reports will be made available to your referring and primary care physicians.

Getting ready

During the day of your sleep evaluation, you should:

  • Avoid taking naps
  • Eat dinner before arriving for the appointment (meals will not be provided)
  • Limit your intake of caffeinated foods and beverages
  • Please take a shower and wash your hair before arriving. Do not use skin creams or hair products.

Bring with you

Please bring the following items with you to your sleep study:

  • All prescription medications, home health care equipment, and personal toiletries (if you plan to shower the next day)
  • A bathrobe, slippers, and appropriate sleepwear (tops and bottoms made from non-slippery/static material).
  • Your own blanket or pillow if it will make you feel more comfortable. (All bed linens, including pillows, are provided.)
  • Reading materials to help pass the time between appointments
  • All pertinent billing information, such as insurance card, driver’s license/identification card, referral form, and authorization or precertification forms, if applicable.
  • Sleep logs, diaries, and questionnaires.

Please note: There are no refrigerators available for patient use. If you plan to bring any items requiring refrigeration, please bring insulated bags or coolers.

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