Sleep Disorder Information Randallstown MD

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.

Northwest Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Northwest Hospital
(410) 701-4559
5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown, MD
Ages Seen
18+

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

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

University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center Univeristy of Maryland
(410) 547-8500 x314
601 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
Doctors Refferal
Depends on insurance
Ages Seen
1 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Call
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Johns Hopkins University Sleep Disorders Center Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
(410) 550-2530
5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle
Baltimore, MD
Doctors Refferal
Not Necessary
Ages Seen
18 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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

Central Maryland Sleep Center
(410) 494-0350
6535 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
 
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

Carroll Hospital Center Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center
(410) 871-7170
200 Memorial Avenue
Westminster, MD
Ages Seen
3+

Franklin Square Sleep Center Franklin Square Hospital Center
(443) 777-8382
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD
Ages Seen
0-100

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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