Sleep Medicine at the Drexel Center for Women's Health
On average, a person requires seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Repeated disruptions of the natural sleep process can become a distressing concern, often impairing the ability to work and enjoy life.
An occasional sleep problem is usually nothing to worry about. If the problem is persistent, a comprehensive sleep analysis should be performed to help determine the cause of the problem. When left untreated, sleep disorders can contribute to additional health care problems. Most sleep disorders are treatable after an accurate diagnosis.
More than 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Without a sufficient amount of sleep, your level of alertness and ability to function effectively during the day may be compromised. Some common sleep disorders include:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by snoring and brief interruptions of breathing during the sleep cycle.
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
Shift Work Sleep Disorder
Shift work sleep disorder is sleep disruption that affects people who frequently rotate job shifts during the nighttime.
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome causes sensations in the legs and the irresistible urge to move the legs when lying down or sleeping.
Narcolepsy is a chronic, neurological sleep disorder characterized by uncontrollable sleep attacks.
The Drexel Sleep Center
If you are having trouble sleeping, please tell your Drexel Center for Women's Health doctor. We'll refer you to the Drexel Sleep Center which is located in Manayunk, and is staffed with experts. The Drexel Sleep Center uses advanced testing methods to help evaluate and treat sleep disorders.
Sleep Medicine Physicians
Anita Ko, MD
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.