Getting the Rest You Need
Sleep is a necessity. Research shows that most of us need about eight hours
of good quality sleep a night to rest our bodies and refresh our minds,
so we can perform at our best. And, of course, people simply enjoy a good
But, many people have real problems with sleep. The symptoms include inability
to fall asleep or stay asleep, snoring and other breathing disorders while
sleeping, which can cause drowsiness when we need to be alert. Untreated,
these problems can have a devastating effect on the quality of our lives,
making us physically and mentally unable to deal with everyday challenges
we face. In fact, some illnesses such as high blood pressure - even heart
attacks - can be linked to certain sleep disorders.
The Torrance Memorial Sleep Disorders Center specializes in diagnosing
and treating people having sleep problems. Since 1985, it has been accredited
by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
How Does the Sleep Disorders Center Work?
Patients are often referred to the Sleep Disorders Center by their physician.
In such an instance, the referring physician orders or performs appropriate
outpatient laboratory tests such as routine blood testing, EEG, or in
some cases pulmonary function testing. In many cases, an overnight sleep
study, a Polysomnogram (PSG) is ordered. At the center, a PSG can be extremely
valuable in diagnosing many sleep disorders. The PSG takes place overnight
in the sleep recording room of the Sleep Disorders Center. During the
night, breathing, oxygen, heart rate, brain waves, eye and body movements
and body position are closely monitored.
Who Handles My Case?
The medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center,
Lawrence Kneisley, MD, D, ABSM, oversees all cases. Dr. Kneisley is currently a member in the American
Academy of Neurology; the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; the American
Narcolepsy Association; and the American Sleep Disorders Association.
Locally, he is a member of South Bay Independent Physicians and the Los
Angeles County Medical Association, where he has served in positions of
leadership. Dr. Kneisley has been a member of the American Medical Association
and the California Medical Association since 1992. He is board certified
in sleep disorders by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and in neurology
by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Torrance Memorial Sleep Disorders Center also employs technicians who are
specialists in the testing process, including the unique operations of
the sleep lab. Additional members of the medical staff, including psychiatrists,
surgeons and others also may be consulted.
Is Treatment Expensive?
The cost varies depending on the severity of the problem and the length
of treatment. Private medical insurance is likely to cover the majority
of fees and expenses in connection with your treatment at the Sleep Disorders Center.
Click here to view a listing of health insurance we accept.
For More Information
For information or pamphlets about sleep apnea, narcolepsy or sleep studies,
call the Torrance Memorial Sleep Disorders Center at
310-517-4617. For more information about sleep disorders visit the National Sleep Foundation website,