Center For Sleep Disorders
The NPMC Center for Sleep Disorders performs sleep studies to aid in the identification and treatment of sleep disorders. During a study, a person stays overnight in a comfortable, private room with a queen-sized bed, television and private bathroom with shower. Advanced equipment measures brain waves, breathing, muscle activity, eye movement, heart rate and oxygen levels while he or she sleeps.
The Sleep Lab is located in the West Wing of the first floor of the hospital and diagnoses a full range of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and more.
Millions of Americans have chronic sleep disorders which may make it hard to sleep at night or stay awake during the day. Sleep restores our bodies and minds and without it, we suffer.
People who have sleep disorders may experience:
Fatigue, irritability, depression, personality changes, mood swings, frequent illness, lost productivity, workplace mishaps, reduced attention and concentration and memory loss.
The medical director for the NPMC Center for Sleep Disorders is Dr. Anupama Kaul, who is fellowship trained and board certified in Sleep Medicine as well as Pulmonary and Critical Care.
Our Sleep Center is not just a sleep lab. We provide full service scheduling, scoring, diagnosis, patient education, and when appropriate, a mask-fitting session for full patient satisfaction.
The center is securely located within the hospital, where we are held to much higher security, patient care, and quality standards than stand-alone sleep labs.
Our certified sleep medicine physician is in-house or on-call 24/7. She is readily available to review your patients sleep study results and make a prompt diagnosis upon review of the scores.
By meeting with patients following their sleep study, Dr. Kaul is able to explain a sleep disorder in detail and explain why the treatment prescribed is necessary.
Common Sleep Disorders:
- Sleep Apnea – when a person stops breathing then starts again many times a night
- Narcolepsy – When a person falls asleep suddenly and many times a day
- Chronic Insomnia – When a person has trouble falling asleep night after night
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) – when a person loses sleep because of a restless feeling in their legs
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a medical disorder. It causes a person to stop breathing for periods of time during sleep. Breathing stops may happen repeatedly and dozens to hundreds of times per night. Each time a person stops breathing for 10-seconds or more, then suddenly gasps for air. Between each gasp and the next time breathing stops, the person almost always snores loudly. Deep sleep is vital to good physical and mental health. But people with sleep apnea often do not reach deep sleep. This leaves them very tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a serious health risk. Being tired can affect every part of your life. Sleep apnea can also be linked to other serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.