Sleep Disorders are a national epidemic; 100 million Americans have occasional sleep problems, and 1/3 have some form of chronic insomnia. In the U.S., 12 million people between the ages of 30 and 60 suffer from sleep apnea, which is more common than asthma. Left untreated, sleep apnea is associated with increased risk of stroke and heart attack; accidental injury at home, work or while driving, caused by chronic sleepiness; and hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep
- Falling asleep when inactive, during mundane activities
- Heavy snoring combined with gasping or grunting noises during sleep
- Waking up tired, even after a full night’s sleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Irritability and short temper
- Feeling very sleepy, perpetually tired, or falling asleep at inappropriate times, such as while reading or watching TV
- Use of medication or alcohol to fall asleep
- Awakening several times a night from your sleep
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Vivid dreaming at sleep onset
A physician who specializes in sleep disorders will thoroughly evaluate you and do a complete medical history, with an emphasis on sleep-related issues, and a physical examination. It’s helpful if your spouse or a family member can be present during the interview to provide additional insight about your activities during sleep. If you need testing, we’ll explain what test(s) we recommend and how they can help you. Most patients are scheduled for an overnight sleep study, but some patients may need an additional daytime study.
You’ll be in a private room with a bathroom and shower. Each suite provides a serene, home-like environment where you can get your sleep disorder diagnosed and/or treated using the latest techniques and technologies. A technician will explain the testing equipment and procedures. A variety of sensors will be connected to you so your breathing, sleep stages, muscle movements, eye movements, snoring, blood oxygen level, etc., can be monitored and recorded while you sleep. Nothing about this process is painful. The room is dark and quiet, but a technician will be able to check on you with an infrared camera and microphone. You’ll be awakened in the morning when the test is completed.
Results and Treatment
A physician who specializes in sleep medicine will interpret your results. We will follow up with you to discuss the results and any recommendations.
A.W.A.K.E.—Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic—is a health awareness group
for those with sleep disorders. The group is dedicated to exchanging
information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders and
related health concerns. Everyone with a related interest in sleep and
health is encouraged to attend. This meeting is held the first Monday of
every month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port
St. John (south entrance). Call Kristina at 321-268-6408 for more