Sleep Medicine

You need your rest!

More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Most people with sleep disorders will never be diagnosed. The very nature of sleep disorders makes them difficult to detect. In fact, the majority of those suffering from suspected sleep disorders remain untreated. Lack of widespread education and public awareness is partly to blame; however, many people minimize sleep disorders, not realizing that they are often precursors of other serious health threats, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Shore's Center for Sleep Medicine offers a welcoming, home like environment to generate positive results and long-term treatment assistance. The Center provides sleep studies for children from age three through adult.

Sleep Center Accreditation

Since 2007, the Shore Center for Sleep Medicine has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the national accrediting body for sleep centers. This honor designates the Shore Sleep Center as the only accredited sleep lab in the region.

The Sleep Center received the highest commendation in clinical expertise. Surveyors were highly complimentary of the facility and commended Shore Medical Center and its partner SleepCare for being leaders in sleep medicine with the highest quality and program development.

Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
  • Feeling tired even after a full night's sleep
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times such as while driving or watching TV
  • Frequent headaches
  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a choking or gagging sensation
  • Pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Inability to sleep

If you are experiencing the symptoms above, contact your physician for an exam and to find out whether a sleep study is appropriate for you. For more information or to arrange an appointment for a prescribed sleep study, call (855)633-6818. Be sure to tell the scheduler you would like your sleep study to be performed at Shore's Sleep Center.

Maternity Sleep Disorders

Psychological, physical and hormonal changes as well as the weight gain that occurs during pregnancy can affect sleep. You should speak with your doctor about a sleep study if: you are having frequent nighttime awakenings; awaken feeling like you are choking or gasping for air; your partner tells you your snoring is getting worse; you stop breathing at night; or you are diagnosed with high blood pressure and have the above symptoms.

Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Does your Child need a Sleep Study?

Although most kids will use any excuse in the book to avoid going to bed at night, lack of a good night's rest can lead to serious problems. As many as 20 percent of children experience problems sleeping. But the effects aren't limited to the child, his or her sleeping problems can impact the entire family. Sleep disorders are sometimes at the root of attention problems, emotional outbursts, frustration and other behaviors that can get in the way of success at school and home. And in one to three percent of seemingly healthy children, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) presents a serious medical risk. OSAS is a condition where the airway becomes partially or completely obstructed during sleep. If your child experiences any the following symptoms, you may want to discuss your child's sleep with your pediatrician or family physician:

  • Snoring
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Gasping for air
  • Teeth grinding
  • Restless sleep
  • Unusual sleep positions, such as a hyper-extended neck
  • Mouth breathing
  • Bed wetting
  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness in school
  • Inattention or hyperactivity
  • Trouble concentrating or decreased in school performance
  • Headaches in the morning

You can help your child get the recommended sleep by creating a consistent "sleep hygiene" routine:

  • Set a regular bed time and sticking to it
  • Remove TVs, computers and other distractions from your child’s room
  • Avoid big meals and caffeinated drinks close to bedtime
  • Set a relaxation routine and a quiet time before going to bed
  • Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and comfortable

What Next?

If you’ve tried changing your child’s sleeping habits but are still concerned about your child's symptoms, ask your pediatrician to schedule a sleep study with Shore’s Center for Sleep Medicine. The Sleep Center provides overnight studies for children as young as three.

To learn more about sleep disorders and solutions, call (855)633-6818.

Note: the program is operated in conjunction with Sleep Care Centers. Physician referral is a requirement of participation.