The Penn State Health Approach to Sleep Medicine

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A good night's sleep is essential for your well-being. When you don't get enough sleep, you don't feel your best, and it can lead to health conditions like heart problems, stroke and obesity.

The sleep medicine specialists at Penn State Health can help you rest easier. Our team at the Sleep Research and Treatment Center treat everything from insomnia and sleep apnea to narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome. We discover what’s causing sleep problems and develop a treatment plan to give you healthy, restorative sleep.

As central Pennsylvania’s only academic medical center, we use leading-edge and innovative approaches to identify and treat sleep disorders. Our specialists are involved in sleep research, so we use the latest advancements to help you get the sleep you need.

Whether you have trouble falling or staying asleep or you’re tired all the time and don’t know why, we can help.

Complete Care for a Full Range of Sleep Disorders

We use sophisticated equipment and advanced methods to diagnose and treat sleep problems in children and adults. In our comfortable sleep lab, we measure the quality of your sleep, your breathing and body movements while you’re asleep. This helps us find out what’s preventing restful sleep. We also use a variety of other tests, such as monitoring your daily activity (actigraphy), to pinpoint the cause.

Once we discover the cause of your symptoms, we develop an individualized treatment that ensures you get the rest you need. In addition to the first line treatment of sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), we offer the latest treatments - including upper airway stimulation (Inspire) therapy, an implantable device for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in patients who cannot tolerate CPAP. We also provide phrenic nerve stimulation (Remede) therapy for patients with central sleep apnea and congestive heart failure (CHF). Ours is the only center in Central PA which provides non medication based, cognitive behavior therapy for Insomnia (CBT I) by trained Sleep Psychologists, which is considered to be the first line treatment of chronic Insomnia by several organizations. We also educate you about healthy sleep habits to ensure you sleep well long-term.

What is the difference between sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea? Hear from Dr. Neerav Goyal, Chief, Division of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Sleep Medicine

People across central Pennsylvania count on us for our sleep medicine expertise and comprehensive care. We have an up-to-date sleep lab accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).  We are the only integrated sleep center in central Pennsylvania with expertise available from various departments including Pulmonary, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Leading-edge Sleep Disorders Care

You can rest easy knowing you’re in experienced, capable hands at Penn State Health. As an academic medical center, we offer the latest advancements in sleep medicine. That means you work with an expert team and receive a treatment plan that gives you the best possible results.

We offer:

  • Experienced doctors and providers who are trained in sleep medicine - including recognition among the Best Doctors® in America
  • The area’s only fully integrated chronic insomnia program including the recommended first-line cognitive-behavioral treatment for Insomnia. (CBT-I)
  • Technologically advanced and accredited sleep labs that offer the comfort of a premium hotel, including relaxing beds, TVs, free Wi-Fi access and a lounge with snacks
  • Personal attention and training to help you adjust to sleep-related devices, such as CPAP machines and Inspire upper airway stimulation

Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

We treat the full range of sleep disorders, including problems related to lung disorders and other diseases. Our team includes sleep medicine doctors with diverse backgrounds including psychiatry, internal medicine, pulmonary, psychology, pediatrics, neurology, otolaryngology, (ear, nose and throat doctors), cardiology, sleep medicine technologists, respiratory therapists and nurse practitioners.

Our sleep team works closely with primary care doctors and specialists in neurology, cardiovascular health, lung care, mental health and more. You get coordinated care and personal attention to improve your sleep.

Sleep Research and Clinical Trials

Penn State Health is conducting basic and clinical research to gain a better understanding of sleep and sleep disorders. This research helps us discover new treatments to improve people’s sleep. Learn more about our sleep research team and find out if a sleep clinical trial is right for you.

Related Services and Treatments

  • Home actigraphy studies
  • Home sleep apnea testing
  • Polysomnography testing in our sleep lab
  • Upper airway stimulation/ hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy (Inspire therapy)
  • Phrenic nerve stimulation (Remede) therapy
  • Daytime sleep studies in our sleep labs
  • Pediatric sleep medicine
  • Behavioral sleep Medicine
  • Multiple sleep latency and maintenance of wakefulness tests
  • Nocturnal seizure monitoring
  • Positive airway therapy
  • Bright Light therapy
  • Chronotherapy

Conditions Treated

  • Abnormal sleep behavior
  • Circadian rhythm disorders (jet lag and shift-related disorders)
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Nighttime breathing symptoms
  • Parasomnias
  • Periodic limb movements
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sleep apnea (obstructive and central)
  • Snoring

Convenient Locations

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