The University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center
The new state-of-the-art Sleep Disorders Laboratory, now located at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, is designed to conduct overnight and daytime sleep studies to help diagnose a wide range of sleep disorders—from 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. The University of Maryland Children's Hospital has a pediatric sleep laboratory for the diagnosis of sleep disorders in children.
One of our sleep specialists consults with each patient to determine the nature of the underlying disorders and what additional testing, such as a sleep study, is indicated. Then, depending on the results of the studies, other specialists are brought in as needed to develop a personalized treatment plan.
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
- Obesity Hypertension
- 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.