Sleep Medicine

You need your rest!

More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Most people with sleep disorders will never be diagnosed. The very nature of sleep disorders makes them difficult to detect. In fact, the majority of those suffering from suspected sleep disorders remain untreated. Lack of widespread education and public awareness is partly to blame; however, many people minimize sleep disorders, not realizing that they are often precursors of other serious health threats, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Shore's Center for Sleep Medicine, located at 710 Centre Street, 2nd floor in Somers Point,  offers a welcoming, home like environment to generate positive results and long-term treatment assistance. The Center provides sleep studies for children from age three through adult.

Many people minimize the severity of sleep disorders, not realizing they often lead to hypertension, daytime sleepiness, increased accidents, greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other various health issues. Our center provides the expertise needed to identify and treat a wide range of sleep orders including:

  • Sleep Apnea with Hypersomnia
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Morbid Obesity
  • PLMS
  • Restless Legs
  • Narcolepsy
Sleep Center Accreditation

Since 2007, the Shore Center for Sleep Medicine has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the national accrediting body for sleep centers. This honor designates the Shore Sleep Center as the only accredited sleep lab in the region.

The Sleep Center received the highest commendation in clinical expertise. Surveyors were highly complimentary of the facility and commended Shore Medical Center and its partner SleepCare for being leaders in sleep medicine with the highest quality and program development.

The Benefits of Deep Sleep

Even mild sleep disorders will hinder patients from reaping the benefits of deep sleep. It takes time to get to deep sleep and even 5 awakenings an hour (mild sleep apnea) can keep you from getting the restorative sleep your body and overall health needs. Lack of deep sleep can also make it more difficult to achieve diet and exercise goals.

What happens in deep sleep?

  • Immunity, there are proteins that target infection and inflammation that are created and released.
  • Insulin is released, regulating the amount of glucose in the blood.
  • The brain goes through a cleansing process clearing out spent proteins that can otherwise build up.
  • Memory reinforcement, helping with organizing and committing what was learned throughout the day to memory.
  • Cell restoration, repairing damages done while being active.
  • Ghrelin, the hunger hormone that tells you to keep eating, is suppressed.
  • Leptin, the hormone that tells you to stop eating, is released allowing metabolism system to speed up.
  • The heart rate slows by 5% to 10% and blood pressure drops by about 10% giving the cardiopulmonary system the chance to relax Sleep disturbances every 12-15 minutes will keep patients from these much needed health checks that help avoid chronic diseases from taking over. 
Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
  • Feeling tired even after a full night's sleep
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times such as while driving or watching TV
  • Frequent headaches
  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a choking or gagging sensation
  • Pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Inability to sleep

If you are experiencing the symptoms above, contact your physician for an exam and to find out whether a sleep study is appropriate for you. For more information or to arrange an appointment for a prescribed sleep study, call (855)633-6818. Be sure to tell the scheduler you would like your sleep study to be performed at Shore's Sleep Center.

Maternity Sleep Disorders

Psychological, physical and hormonal changes as well as the weight gain that occurs during pregnancy can affect sleep. You should speak with your doctor about a sleep study if: you are having frequent nighttime awakenings; awaken feeling like you are choking or gasping for air; your partner tells you your snoring is getting worse; you stop breathing at night; or you are diagnosed with high blood pressure and have the above symptoms.

Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Does your Child need a Sleep Study?

Although most kids will use any excuse in the book to avoid going to bed at night, lack of a good night's rest can lead to serious problems. As many as 20 percent of children experience problems sleeping. But the effects aren't limited to the child, his or her sleeping problems can impact the entire family. Sleep disorders are sometimes at the root of attention problems, emotional outbursts, frustration and other behaviors that can get in the way of success at school and home. And in one to three percent of seemingly healthy children, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) presents a serious medical risk. OSAS is a condition where the airway becomes partially or completely obstructed during sleep. If your child experiences any the following symptoms, you may want to discuss your child's sleep with your pediatrician or family physician:

  • Snoring with intermittent pauses, gasps or snorts
  • Teeth grinding
  • Disrupted or restless sleep
  • Unusual sleep positions, such as a hyper-extended neck
  • Mouth breathing
  • Bed wetting
  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness in school
  • Inattention or hyperactivity
  • Trouble concentrating or decreased in school performance
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Normal weight or growth

You can help your child get the recommended sleep by creating a consistent "sleep hygiene" routine:

  • Set a regular bed time and sticking to it
  • Remove TVs, computers and other distractions from your child’s room
  • Avoid big meals and caffeinated drinks close to bedtime
  • Set a relaxation routine and a quiet time before going to bed
  • Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and comfortable

If you encounter any of these problems with your children, the center can help you diagnose:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Nocturnal Seizures
  • Primary Snoring
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Periodic Limb Movements
  • Hypoventilation
  • Restless Legs & Narcolepsy

What Next?

If you’ve tried changing your child’s sleeping habits but are still concerned about your child's symptoms, ask your pediatrician to schedule a sleep study with Shore’s Center for Sleep Medicine. The Sleep Center provides overnight studies for children as young as three.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening Tool

Patients are considered to be at high risk of having Obstructive Sleep Apnea if they answer "yes" to the questions below. Reviewing these questions with your physician is recommended by the American Society of Anesthesiologists..

  1. Do you snore loudly, enough to be heard through closed doors?
  2. Do you feel tired or fatigued during the daytime almost every day?
  3. Has anyone observed that you stop breathing during sleep?
  4. Do you have a history of high blood pressure, with or without treatment?
  5. Is your Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35 kg/m2?
  6. Are you more than 50 years old?
  7. Is your neck circumference greater or equal to 17" (men) or 16" women?
  8. Gender Male?

Contact Information

To learn more about sleep disorders and solutions, call (855)633-6818.
CLICK HERE for a Sleep Order form.

Note: the program is operated in conjunction with Sleep Care Centers. Physician referral is a requirement of participation.