Sleep Apnea Specialist North Wales PA

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.

Joanne Getsy, MD
(215) 762-3672
Norristown, PA
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1983

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Albert D Wagman, MD
(215) 957-9250
2701 Blair Mill Rd Ste 8
Willow Grove, PA
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1953
Hospital
Hospital: Abington Mem Hosp, Abington, Pa
Group Practice: Abington Neurological Assoc

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Sharon Lee Schutte, MD
(215) 955-6175
599 W State St Ste 101
Doylestown, PA
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1980

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Rochelle Goldberg, MD
(610) 642-3796
100 E Lancaster Ave
Wynnewood, PA
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1982

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Sharon Lee Schutte, MD
(215) 955-6175
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Thomas Jefferson University Ho, Philadelphia, Pa

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B Franklin Diamond, MD
(215) 886-7000
2701 Blair Mill Rd Ste 8
Willow Grove, PA
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
French, German, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Abington Mem Hosp, Abington, Pa
Group Practice: Abington Neurological Assoc

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Donald Duane Peterson, MD
(610) 642-3796
910 Stony Ln
Gladwyne, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Lankenau Hospi, Wynnewood, Pa; Paoli Memorial Hospital, Paoli, Pa
Group Practice: Pulmonology Assoc Inc

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Les Attila Szekely, MD
(215) 348-1310
800 W State St Ste 204
Doylestown, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Doylestown Hosp, Doylestown, Pa; Warminster Hospital, Warminster, Pa
Group Practice: Bucks County Medical Assoc

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Rochelle Goldberg, MD
(610) 642-3796
3200 Henry Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1982

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Karl Doghramji, MD
(215) 955-8285
1015 Walnut St # 319
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Thomas Jefferson University Ho, Philadelphia, Pa
Group Practice: Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospital

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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.

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Author: Jennifer Lang

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