Yes, You Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Occasionally, everyone has problems sleeping, but if you regularly cannot get a good night’s sleep or your snoring is disrupting the sleep of a loved one, you may suffer from a sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders are a common condition affecting about one out of every six people in the United States. A sleep disorder can adversely affect health, work performance, school and relationships, so it is important to seek professional help. With prompt diagnosis and effective treatment, you can sleep, feel and live better.
Committed to the study, diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related problems, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) Sleep Center offers adults and children expert care from a compassionate team of professionals.
The UMCPP Sleep Center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), a professional organization dedicated to assuring quality care for patients with sleep disorders, advancement of sleep research, and public and professional education.
AASM accreditation is the gold standard for sleep centers, ensuring that they meet the highest standards of quality care in providing comprehensive clinical sleep medicine, including diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with a variety of sleep disorders.
Our comprehensive services include:
- Overnight sleep studies
- Daytime assessments of sleepiness
- Individual evaluations and treatment plans
- Coordination of care with personal physicians
- Equipment fittings and training sessions
- Pediatric sleep studies
The Sleep Center is led by a specialist who is board certified in sleep medicine. Our multidisciplinary treatment team includes:
- Board certified physicians
- Insomnia specialists
- Technologists registered in clinical polysomnography
There are more than 80 types of sleep disorders. The most common include:
- Sleep apnea
- Periodic limb movements
- Sleep walking
- Sleep talking
- REM Behavior Disorder (acting out dreams)
State-of-the-art Sleep Monitoring
A sleep study is the first step in diagnosing a sleep disorder. Typically, studies are performed during an overnight stay at UMCPP. Technologists will apply sensors and monitor you as you sleep with a state-of-the-art digital sleep recording system. Highly precise, the system simultaneously records:
- Brainwave activity
- Breathing and air flow
- Muscle activity
- Eye movement
- Heart rate and rhythm
- Limb and other body movements
- Blood oxygen level
Results, recorded in more than 800 digital pages of data, are used to identify any physical problems that may be causing disrupted sleeping.
Sleep studies are performed in attractive, private rooms (pictured left). Each room is equipped with a large, comfortable bed, a television with a VCR/DVD player, a refrigerator and a personal shower. Overnight studies are concluded by 6 a.m., so you can resume your daily schedule and return to work the next morning. Accommodations are available for parents staying overnight with their children.
If you are observed to have sleep apnea while undergoing a sleep study, treatment is often performed that same night using a continuous positive airway pressure device known as a CPAP device. This is an effective therapy for improving breathing to help you sleep better. As a result, many of our patients report that the night they spend in the Sleep Center is the first good night’s sleep they have had in years.
For patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea, UMCPP's Sleep Center also offers the support of a certified sleep therapist who teaches patients how to effectively and comfortably use a CPAP or BIPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) machine.
Signs of a Sleep Disorder
- Gasping or choking in your sleep
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Non-refreshing sleep
- Frequent awakenings during the night
- Restless legs while lying down
- Poorly controlled hypertension
- Abnormal body movements during sleep
- Sleepiness when driving
- Hyperactivity in children
- Problems with memory or concentration
If you have questions about the Sleep Center, please call 609.853.7520 Monday through Friday during normal business hours. After hours, you may leave a message on our answering machine and we will return your call on the next business day.
To schedule a consultation or appointment, please call 609.497.4040.