The Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine office at UM Upper Chesapeake Health is the only sleep lab in Harford County that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The office is staffed by physicians who are board certified in sleep disorders medicine and who have the equipment and expertise to conduct and assess sleep evaluations.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at UM Upper Chesapeake Health
227 Gateway Drive
Suite J
Bel Air, MD 21014

Common Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep Apnea: a condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep for 10 seconds or longer (an occasional stop in breathing is normal). Apnea episodes can happen from as few as five times per hour to as many as 50. If you have sleep apnea, you may also be at a greater risk to develop high blood pressure, depression, irregular heart rhythms, heart disease and stroke.
  • Narcolepsy: a condition in which people suffer from uncontrollable sleepiness, vivid daytime dreams, ‘sleep paralysis’ and brief loss of muscle control that can cause falling. While narcolepsy is fairly common, it is rarely diagnosed.
  • Periodic Movements of Sleep: up to 10 percent of the population may have regular, repeated and uncontrolled leg jerks as they sleep. Periodic limb movement disorder and restless leg syndrome result in disturbances in sleep.

Common Symptoms of a Sleep Disorder

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Restless legs
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent sleepwalking

If you are one of the 35 million Americans who report poor sleep every night or on most nights, there is help. In about 50 percent of cases, difficulty falling and/or staying asleep has physical causes. Medical consultations can help diagnose and effectively treat most of these problems.

Call the Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine office at 410-638-7544 to schedule your sleep test.