Sleep Apnea Specialist Lutherville Timonium MD

The statistics alone on Americans and insomnia could keep you up nights. As a nation, we spend more than $3.5 billion on prescription sleep medications each year, trying to bring relief to the 126 million of us (that’s six out of 10 Americans) who experience symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week.

Robert Marion Gordon, MD
(405) 749-4248
122 Slade Ave
Pikesville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Deaconess Hosp, Oklahoma City, Ok; Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Adler Gordon & Lee

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William Beninati, MD
22 S Greene St
Baltimore, MD
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1988

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David Nelson Neubauer, MD
(410) 550-0066
4940 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1981

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The Sleep Center Greater Baltimore Medical Center
(443) 802-6867
6701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
Ages Seen
Over 18

American Sleep Medicine
(410) 296-5544
660 Kenilworth Drive
Towson, MD
Ages Seen
4 years up

Stephen Buhler Smith, MD
(402) 552-3446
4116 E Northern Pkwy
Baltimore, MD
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974

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Jay Gerstenblith, MD
(410) 644-5114
3455 Wilkens Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Agnes Healthcare, Baltimore, Md

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Central Maryland Sleep Center
(410) 494-0350
6535 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
 
St. Joseph Sleep Disorders Center St. Joseph Medical Center
(410) 337-1240
7601 Osler Drive
Towson, MD
Ages Seen
2
Insurance
Medicare: No
Medicaid: No

Good Samaritan Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland
(443) 444-4317
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD
Ages Seen
15 and older

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Desperately Seeking Shut-Eye

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By Jennifer Lang

Once upon a time, getting a good night’s sleep wasn’t an issue for me. I went to bed when I was tired and woke up feeling refreshed. No tossing and turning before I drifted off to dreamland—no middle-of-the-night awakenings. Then I started having babies, who roused me at all hours and made eight-a-night a thing of the past. But even after they started sleeping soundly, I couldn’t seem to slip back into my old, good-sleep patterns. Why?

“Many factors go into whether or not we’re able to fall asleep and stay asleep, such as stress, hormones, and what’s going on in our lives at a given time,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. “And since all of these factors fluctuate as we go from one life stage to another, we can expect our sleep patterns to change as well.”

The statistics alone on Americans and insomnia could keep you up nights. As a nation, we spend more than $3.5 billion on prescription sleep medications each year, trying to bring relief to the 126 million of us (that’s six out of 10 Americans) who experience symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week. How does this inability to get a good night’s rest affect us? Ninety-three percent of Americans believe sleep loss can impair work performance, and 86 percent feel a lack of sleep can lead to health problems.

So what’s an insomniac to do? “Understanding why you might be experiencing trouble sleeping can help you make changes that will lead to better sleep,” says Teitelbaum. Here’s a guide to how your sleep can change through the years—and what to do to give yourself the best shot at a better night’s rest.

Teens and early 20s
For a young adult, the obvious sleep robbers—late nights, too much television and computer time, poor diet, and school or new-job stress—clearly play a role in sleep disorders, but teens and 20-somethings also have a physiological reason for not sleeping well. Their circadian rhythm—the natural body clock that signals when to go to sleep and wake up—is in flux.

In young adults, the body produces melatonin—a hormone created by the brain to help induce sleep—at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. (in adults that happens earlier, around 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.). So a teen’s sleep cycle gets pushed back, which explains why she might not feel sleepy until around 11 p.m. or midnight. What’s more, everyone gets a “dip” in their circadian rhythm twice a day; for adults they typically come at 2 a.m. and 2 p.m., while adolescents hit their low points around 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., which explains both their torturous early-morning wake-up calls and late-afternoon naps.

Too much caffeine can also affect sleep in this age group. From after-school lattes to late-night energy drinks, a caffeine jolt lasts well beyond bedtime—affecting a young adult’s ability to fall and stay asleep and worse, setting the body clock back even further.

Sleep-Well Tips
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Author: Jennifer Lang

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