The University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Laboratory
The new state-of-the-art Sleep Disorders Laboratory, located at Maryland General Hospital, is designed to conduct overnight and daytime sleep studies to help diagnose a wide range of sleep disordersfrom insomnia and sleep apnea to snoring, narcolepsy, night terrors and sleepwalking. The treatment team includes University of Maryland doctors with expertise in many areas of medicine, including sleep disorders medicine, pulmonology, otolaryngology, cardiology, psychology, psychiatry, neurology and dentistry.
One of the most common sleep problems we treat is called obstructive sleep apnea. According to statistics, nearly 12 million Americans are affected by the condition.
How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Symptoms to watch for include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud and irregular snoring
- Morning headaches
- Poor concentration
- Frequent night urination
- Loss of energy and depression
Obstructive sleep apnea can cause or contribute to high blood pressure, stroke, fluid retention, abnormal heartbeats and insomnia. It is considered a serious medical condition and has been linked to thousands of deaths each year.
The test for obstructive sleep apnea is performed in our sleep lab. You spend the night in one of our private rooms while a technician monitors information about your sleep patterns.
For more information about sleep disorders and treatment, visit The University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center at www.umm.edu/sleep