Sleep Clinics Southampton PA

So much has been written about sleep, you’d think we’d all be wrapped in the arms of the slumber god Morpheus by now, dreaming sweet dreams and waking up refreshed. But for too many Americans a sound sleep remains, well, a dream. Instead they spend their nights tossing and turning and their days walking around bleary-eyed and exhausted. Some of these insomniacs battle serious disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy that may last months or even years.

MNAP Sleep Disorders Center MNAP Diagnostics
(215) 464-3300
9908 E. Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
5 years and up

Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center Sleep Disorder Center Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical
(215) 938-3448
1648 Huntingdon Pike
Meadowbrook, PA
Ages Seen
2 - Adult

University Services-Northeast Sleep Center
(215) 535-3335
2981 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
3 and up
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Lower Bucks Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Lower Bucks Hospital
(215) 785-9752
501 Bath Road
Bristol, PA
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Insurance
Insurance: All major insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Center for Children St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
(215) 427-3822
Erie Avenue At Front Street
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
0-21 years

University Services - Warrington Sleep Center
(215) 343-7271
2210 Shetland Drive
Warrington, PA
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
3 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Abington Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Abington Memorial Hospital
(215) 481-2226
1200 Old York Road
Abington, PA
 
Jeanes Hospital
(215) 728-2148
7600 Central Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
18years and up

Penn Sleep Centers at Doylestown The Pavillion at Doylestown Hospital
(215) 662-7772
599 W. State Street
Doylestown, PA
Ages Seen
>18 years
Insurance
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Center for Sleep Medicine
(610) 828-4060
443 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA
Doctors Refferal
May be necessary depending upon insurance
Ages Seen
5 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Dreaming of a Good Night's Rest

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by Matthew Solan

So much has been written about sleep, you’d think we’d all be wrapped in the arms of the slumber god Morpheus by now, dreaming sweet dreams and waking up refreshed. But for too many Americans a sound sleep remains, well, a dream. Instead they spend their nights tossing and turning and their days walking around bleary-eyed and exhausted. Some of these insomniacs battle serious disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy that may last months or even years. But the majority suffers more mildly—though just as unhappily—from disrupted cycles in which they either struggle to go to sleep at a normal time or awaken in the middle of the night unable to fall back asleep. All too often, insomniacs wake up feeling more tired and sluggish than they did before going to bed. If this sounds familiar, you may benefit from simple changes in your diet, environment and lifestyle. They may be all you need for a good night’s rest.

Good food, good sleep

You no doubt know the basic no-nos when it comes to your diet and sleep—no alcohol, no caffeine, no sugar, any of which can upset your normal sleep cycle. Conversely, increasing your intake of certain foods and correcting some nutrient deficiencies can actually improve your sleep.

• Eat more tryptophan. As post-turkey-dinner nappers ably demonstrate, tryptophan is a precursor to the sleep-inducing substance serotonin. One of nine essential amino acids your body cannot manufacture on its own, tryptophan comes from the proteins found in meat (especially turkey), milk, eggs, cheese, soybeans and soy products and peanuts and other legumes.

But if you gobble tons of different protein-rich foods, don’t expect to necessarily fall asleep more quickly or rest more easily, says Jane Guiltinan, ND, director of the Bastyr Women’s Wellness Center at Bastyr University north of Seattle. Why so? Too much protein from too many sources can cause tryptophan to be diverted from creating serotonin to building muscle. “Try to stick to just tryptophan-rich proteins,” she says. “I’d suggest one serving of a high-tryptophan food near bedtime.”

• Get more calcium and magnesium. Lack of sleep can also be tied to low levels of calcium and/or magnesium. According to Guiltinan, calcium deficiency can trigger muscle cramps while you sleep, which can cause you to wake up. And people who lack magnesium sometimes suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS), a tingling, aching or throbbing sensation in the legs or an overwhelming urge to move them, especially when at rest.

In a 1998 study, German researchers found that taking 300 mg of magnesium every night for four to six weeks improved sleep for insomniacs who suffered from mild to moderate RLS. Guiltinan recommends that problem sleepers increase their daily intake of calcium by eating more dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese and of magnesium by eating more dark-green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. If you choose the supplement route instead, she suggests taking 1...

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