Sleep Disorder Information Elkins Park PA

We’re not talking about a cure—sleeplessness recurs periodically in most insomniacs. But experts say that most people can find a way to manage insomnia as long as they’re willing to keep on trying, even after the first, fifth, and seventh attempts fail. Often the secret lies in combining approaches.

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

Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center
(215) 955-6175
211 S. Ninth Street
Philadelphia, PA
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
3 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Personal Choice, Cigna, Prudential, call office t
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Drexel Sleep Center of Manayunk Drexel University College of Medicine
(215) 482-0899
10 Shurs Lane
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
14-100

Penn Sleep Centers University of Pennsylvania Health System
(215) 662-7772
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
18+
Insurance
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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

Jeanes Hospital
(215) 728-2148
7600 Central Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
18years and up

Sleep Disorders Center Pennsylvania Hospital
(215) 829-7079
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
>18

Hahnemann Neurodiagnostic Sleep Center Hahnemann University Hospital
(215) 762-4360
230 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
18+

The Sleep Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
(215) 590-3703
34th Street And Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
0-18 years

Penn Sleep Center at Sheraton University Hotel University of Pennsylvania Health System
(215) 662-7975
3549 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
Ages Seen
18 years and up

In Search of a Good Night's Sleep

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By Leslie Crawford

It should be so easy. You’re tired. You close your eyes. You fall asleep. But for the millions of Americans who are sleepless in Seattle, Manhattan, and Shaker Heights, this simplest of human functions is but a dream. If there’s any comfort in numbers, the insomniac may find solace in knowing she’s hardly alone while she pines in the wee hours for Mr. Sandman.

Up to 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which tend to worsen with age, yet most sheepishly hide it in the closet. (After all, it’s only sleep, not a life-threatening illness. And doesn’t everyone seem tired these days?) “Too many people think insomnia is something to be embarrassed about, that it’s some sort of weakness,” says Tom Roth, director of the Sleep Disorders Research Center at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. And this prevents a majority from seeking the help they need.

Happily, researchers bent on unraveling the mysteries of slumber are making headway on finding out why so many of us have ongoing trouble falling or staying asleep. “We’re beginning to understand the pathology far better,” says Roth, who cites studies finding that some poor sleepers are simply not wired like normal sleepers. Their hearts beat faster, their temperature runs higher, and their levels of the stress hormone cortisol are elevated. In medical terms, they have a condition known as hyperarousal.

Unfortunately, the best way to target this type of insomnia is still not known. “We have miles to go before we sleep,” says Roth. But at least this new understanding may alleviate some of the stigma that often comes with it. Practitioners have long viewed insomnia as a symptom of other causes—anxiety, depression, hormonal changes, and the side effects of various medications are among the leading ones. But according to the new research, for many people it may well be a condition unto itself. And “you have trouble sleeping” is a lot easier to take than “this means you must be depressed.”

There’s also some good news on the treatment front for people who suffer from any type of insomnia. We’re not talking about a cure—sleeplessness recurs periodically in most insomniacs. But experts say that most people can find a way to manage insomnia as long as they’re willing to keep on trying, even after the first, fifth, and seventh attempts fail. Often the secret lies in combining approaches. “No matter how severe the insomnia,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, director of the Annapolis Research Center for Effective Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Therapies, “it’s possible for just about everyone to get eight to ten hours of restful sleep.”

Practitioners who take a holistic approach to health have lots to offer the sleep-deprived. If anxiety or stress is your problem, they can suggest any number of calming techniques such as yoga, meditation, or aromatherapy. If nutritional deficiencies might be keeping you awake, they can diagnose them and suggest supplements that may help.

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