10910 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 100
Columbia, Maryland 21044
(410) 740-3635

Center For Lung and Sleep Disorders

Howard County Center for Lung and Sleep Medicine (HCCLSM) was established in September 2013 by a group of providers who have been practicing in Howard County for a combined total of over 100 years, and have been the cornerstone of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Howard County General Hospital over the past 30 years.

The state of the art facility boasts 6 private bedrooms, each equipped with:
  • Patient controlled temperature regulation
  • Wi-Fi access
  • 32 inch flat screen television
  • Queen-size bed
  • Individual shower and bathroom, with toiletries

The HCC Sleep Center is the only nationally accredited sleep medicine center in Howard County. Our center employees are full-time providers who are board certified in both Sleep Medicine and Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Behavior Sleep Medicine is a new subspecialty field with fewer than 200 practitioners nationwide. At our center you will receive care from a comprehensive treatment team dedicated to compassionate patient care.

Thanks to state-of-the-art technologies and developments, sleep disorders can now be diagnosed and treated better than ever before. Advancements in the field of behavioral sleep medicine have been especially beneficial in the management of this unique set of disorders.

At the HCC Sleep Center, we employ a mind-body approach to treating sleep disorders. Symptoms of sleep disorders can be difficult to recognize and are easily mistaken for symptoms of other diseases. Further, sleep disorders are likely to co-exist with other medical conditions. This makes thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment from a team of sleep medicine specialists essential.

Our combined use of medication therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) utilizes a number of strategies that address personal, physiologic, cognitive, and behavioral factors that may be contributing to your sleep problem. As a result, your treatment will be individualized in order to target your unique factors and symptoms.

Common sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is an inability to fall sleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. While the term is sometimes used to describe a disorder demonstrated by polysomnographic evidence of disturbed sleep, insomnia is often practically defined as a positive response to either of two questions: "Do you experience difficulty sleeping?" or "Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?"
  • Snoring

    Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be loud and unpleasant. Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders

    People with circadian rhythm disorders are unable to sleep and wake at the times required for normal work, school, and social needs. They are generally able to get enough sleep if allowed to sleep and wake at the times dictated by their body clocks. Unless they also have another sleep disorder, their sleep is of normal quality.
  • Narcolepsy

    Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness and sleep attacks at inappropriate times, such as while at work. Narcoleptics, when falling asleep, generally experience the REM stage of sleep within 5 minutes; whereas most people do not experience REM sleep until an hour or so later.
  • Nightmare Disorder

    Nightmare disorder, also known as 'dream anxiety disorder', is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the second half of the sleeping process, called the REM stage. Though such nightmares occur within many people, those with nightmare disorder experience them with a greater frequency.
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

    Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder where the patient moves limbs involuntarily during sleep, and has symptoms or problems related to the movement. Patients with PLMD will complain of excessive daytime sleepiness, falling asleep during the day, trouble falling asleep at night, and difficulty staying asleep throughout the night.
  • Shift-Work Disorder

    Shift-work disorder is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder characterized by insomnia and excessive sleepiness affecting people whose work hours overlap with the typical sleep period. There are numerous shift work schedules, and they may be permanent, intermittent, or rotating; consequently, the manifestations of shift-work disorders are quite variable.

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ACGME-Accredited Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Howard County Center for Lung and Sleep Medicine also sponsors an active training program in sleep medicine. As part of the ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship at Walter Reed Army National Medical Center/National Capitol Consortium, sleep medicine fellows visit HCCLSM for training in behavioral sleep medicine. This program is led by Drs. Nyanjom and Wickwire and has received outstanding reviews from past trainees. HCCLSM is proud to support our men and women in uniform and their families. For more information about our Fellowship program please send an email to ewickwire@howardlungandsleep.com.