Right now, millions of men and women have trouble sleeping at night due to a sleep disorder. Not only does this lack of healthy sleep leave them feeling tired. It also affects their memory, immunity, and physical and mental well-being. Our team at Premier Medical Associates wants to help you avoid these serious health issues by giving you the good night’s sleep you need. When you meet with our primary care providers and sleep specialists, you’ll always receive a diagnosis and treatment based on your specific symptoms and care needs. Contact us today to put your sleeping problems to rest!
Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. We operate our own sleep laboratory to diagnose sleep disturbances and disorders of all types. Our sleep studies are performed seven nights a week, excluding holidays, at our location.
A sleep disorder is a health condition that significantly changes and impairs your sleep habits, leading to chronic fatigue and exhaustion. The longer these health issues go untreated, the more they can negatively affect your overall health and quality of life.
There are many different types of sleep disorders, each with different causes and symptoms. Some common types of sleep disorders include:
Sleep disorder treatments vary from condition to condition and are heavily based on the underlying cause of one's sleeping issues. In general, however, treatments include a combination of lifestyle changes and medical care. This might include:
Some sleep disorders are more obvious than others. Insomnia, for example, may be more noticeable as it keeps you awake for periods of time. Sleep apnea and narcolepsy, however, can be harder for patients to recognize without medical intervention, as their symptoms are more subtle overall and are easily brushed off as the result of generally restless nights.
In general, people’s first alert of sleeping difficulty may include:
While anyone can experience sleeping issues from time to time, there are signs you can watch for that often indicate a sleeping disorder (vs. a temporary issue). These signs include:
When you experience issues and symptoms such as these, it is important to explore the possible medical causes of your difficulty with sleeping and/or your excessive daytime sleepiness.
If you're having trouble sleeping or are struggling with sleepiness during the day, you may consider speaking with your primary care doctor to rule out obvious sources for your symptoms. Chronic sleep issues can be handled by a sleep specialist, whose training focuses on helping diagnose and treat sleep disturbances. Based on your primary care office’s notes - and your feedback - sleep specialists often rely on a sleep study to determine the source of your symptoms.
A sleep study is a test that monitors and records your body's vitals and functions while you're asleep. Sleep studies are non-invasive and record things such as your brain activity, your blood oxygen levels, your heart rate, and even your eye and leg movements. These sophisticated tests allow doctors to test for different sleep disorders, which are often identified through specific characteristics and physical symptoms that only present while you're asleep.
Your out-of-pocket sleep study cost will depend heavily on your testing needs and insurance coverage. To discuss this prior to your testing, please bring your questions to your medical facility, as well as contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage details.
Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. When you meet with our primary care providers and sleep specialists, you’ll meet with professionals who are ready to take the lead in determining the benefits of a sleep evaluation in your care. As needed, our consulting physician for our own sleep laboratory will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment of sleep disturbances and disorders of all types.