Sleep Disorders Center

Sleep Disorders are a national epidemic: 100 million Americans have occasional sleep problems (1/3 have some form of chronic insomnia), and 12 million Americans 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).

Common Symptoms
  • Difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Falling asleep when inactive, during mundane activities (reading or watching TV) 
  • 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 (during meetings, 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.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 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John (south entrance). Call 321-268-6408 for more information.

Sleep Evaluations
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.

During Testing
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.

Thank you for last night. I am so grateful that I chose PSJ for my sleep study. After listening to others, including those at last night's session, I value the advice and advocacy that you and the entire Sleep Center have provided to me. It began with just being lucky enough to have Holly with me my first night and being able to schedule with her for the second night as well. A friend suggested it was kinda "creepy" to have someone watch you sleep. I found it to be comforting to have Holly watching over me, giving such care and support. Then you called with my results. You were so knowledgeable and reassuring in answering my questions and providing insight into this entire medical process. When I brought in my CPAP card for the download, Arianne was so patient and informative in explaining what the pages and pages of print-outs meant. And then you allowed me to test-drive some different masks to help me find the one best suited to me. You know that I am very motivated to comply with the requirements of my apnea treatment, but I know that I lucked out in having Parrish PSJ as my medical mentor.   -- Meg H. 

Parrish Healthbridge: Healthcare Simplified

For education, breaking news or a message from your physician, HealthBridge will get it to you quickly.

  • Healthy Living

    How the Mayo Clinic Care Network Ben...

    1. Patients have access to Mayo Clinic expertise without leaving the county.2. Membership will enhance the delivery of healthcare in our com...

  • Healthy Living

    A Window to Your Health

    When you make an appointment to have your teeth cleaned, you may wonder how that visit benefits your health. After all, you brush after each...

  • Healthy Living

    Secrets of Stroke Survivors

    No one said bouncing back from a stroke is easy—but it is possibleA stroke strikes swiftly and suddenly and can hit anyone at any age. It oc...

  • Healthy Living

    Mini Frittatas in a Cup

    These frittatas feature tomatoes, broccoli and spinach, all of which have been shown to be good for the heart. Use leftover veggies or add y...

  • Healthy Living

    It's Open Enrollment Season

    It's Open Enrollment Season We participate with Medicare and many Medicare Advantage Plans. Visit for more informat...

  • Healthy Living

    A Healthy Mind

    You likely know someone who has a disease like diabetes or heart failure. What may be surprising is that you also probably have a friend, co...

  • Healthy Living

    Inside the Parrish Sleep Disorders C...

    In 2010, the sleep center conducted 390 sleep studies and ran three to four days per week. In 2014, the center completed over 1,100 sleep st...

  • Healthy Living

    Rx: Food

    Good nutrition is important for everyone, but when you have a chronic condition like diabetes, your diet dramatically affects your well-bein...

  • Healthy Living

    Lifestyle Tips for Breathing Better...

    When was the last time you changed the filter in your vacuum cleaner? Last month? Last year? Never? What about your air conditioner filter?...

Our Services

PMC helps our community stay healthy by living our vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®

See Services

Classes & Events

Get healthy—and stay that way!—with dozens of classes, events and support groups to choose from every month.

See Calendar


Parrish Medical Center is among the nation's best in clinical care, safety and patient experiences.

See Awards

Patient Stories

Need a little get-healthy inspiration? Read about how people just like you have transformed their lives.

See Stories

Web Nursery

Parents of babies born at PMC can choose to have a picture of their baby posted.

Find Pictures

Urgent Care Scheduling

Reserve a space at urgent care locations, as well as make an appointment at a physician's office.

Check In