Sleep Medicine

Sleep medicine lab with doctor.

Do you have trouble getting a good night's sleep or staying awake during the day? Restful sleep, like a balanced diet and regular exercise, is vital to good health.

An insufficient amount of quality sleep can even result in severe mental and physical health problems, including obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, depression and diabetes.

Physicians specializing in sleep medicine can help Mount Nittany Health patients find the cause of and determine appropriate treatment for sleep disorders that impact daily life. Common sleep disorders our physicians can help with include:

  • Narcolepsy
  • Snoring
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Sleepwalking
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Problems faced by long haul drivers
  • Jet lag
  • Insomnia

Sleep Labs

Located within the Sieg Neuroscience Center, Mount Nittany Medical Center's sleep lab is open seven nights a week for diagnostic testing. Using state-of-the-art equipment in a comfortable setting, our physicians and specially trained technicians work with you to diagnose and treat your sleep disorder to get you back to sleeping well.

We will soon be consolidating our labs into one new, larger lab to better accommodate current and future needs.

Amenities

We understand that spending the night away from home for a sleep study can be challenging, so we've done our best to make your stay comfortable. Double beds are in private rooms, monitored by lab technicians throughout the night. While there is sleep equipment in the room to monitor patients, we try to maintain as much privacy as possible.

How to Prepare and What to Expect

  • Patients come into the sleep lab at 9:00 pm and are usually done by 5:30 am.
  • Bring whatever you'd like to be comfortable: a snack, pajamas, a book, etc.
  • We provide a snack and a flat-panel television.
  • In the morning, patients are provided a snack, coffee and shower facilities.
  • Test results are sent to your physician within a few days.

Wellness Library

News Article

Obstructive sleep apnea

By Robert Moser, RRT, MHA, administrative director, Mount Nittany Health Sleep Management Program

Millions of individuals and families worldwide are familiar with this scenario: An individual drifts off to sleep, and within minutes begins to snore, perhaps quietly at first. Breathing becomes irregular; snoring grows louder. There may be a period of relative silence during which the individual’s chest wall appears to move as if he or she is breathing, but no snoring is heard. Suddenly there is an “explosion” of noisy breathing and motion as the individual arouses and possibly awakens. This pattern may be repeated dozens or even hundreds of times per night, resulting in fragmented and non-restorative sleep for the snorer, and often a great deal of annoyance for the remainder of the household. The above scenario descri...

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