About the Sleep Disorders Center
An estimated 70 million Americans have a sleep problem, and for 60 percent of those, it's a chronic disorder. Many of these disorders can be effectively managed if accurately diagnosed. Although many sleep disorders go undiagnosed, the experienced specialists of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center will work hard to diagnose your disorder and provide advanced treatment, whether you have sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia or the like. Established in 1978, the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center was the first such program in the Philadelphia area and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Because sleep disorders aren't limited to
one traditional medical discipline, our Center staff continually interacts with
experts from other medical specialties – including psychiatry, psychology, oral
and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, pediatrics, neurology, internal
medicine and pulmonary medicine.
Treatment options include devices such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliances, medications and psychotherapy. Behavioral management techniques are frequently employed and include relaxation training with biofeedback, hypnosis, stimulus control therapy, chronotherapy, sleep hygiene management, phototherapy and sleep restriction, among others.
Women experience sleep problems twice as often as men, and we recognize the unique characteristics of women's sleep challenges. That's why we formed the Women's Program at the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center. Our team of specialists will recommend an optimal course of treatment for you.
Our specialists also diagnose and treat:
- Childhood sleep disorders – including obstructive sleep apnea, sleep-related rhythmic movement disorder, behavioral insomnia and sleep enuresis (bedwetting)
- Sleep disorders in the elderly – including insomnia, hypersomnia and parasomnias, among others
- Seasonal affective disorder