Do you wake up several times during the night? Have a hard time falling asleep? Does snoring keep you awake? Are you tempted to doze at your desk in the middle of the day?
You may be one of the 40 million Americans who suffer from a sleep disorder. And without diagnosis and treatment, it can be debilitating. Sleep problems may stem from physical problems, psychological problems or lifestyle patterns.
The Sleep Disorders Laboratory at Central Florida Regional Hospital is dedicated to diagnosing and treating sleep-related disorders, all of which directly affect your daily life.
Some of the most common sleep disorders that can easily be diagnosed at the center include:
- Sleep apnea: an interrupted breathing pattern during sleep. It can occur as many as several hundred times per night, causing a lack of oxygen and resulting in poor quality sleep.
- Narcolepsy: frequent attacks of drowsiness and sleep throughout the day. These “sleeping spells” are uncontrollable.
- · Nocturnal Myoclonus: characterized by fragmented sleep, patients usually experience spastic leg movements during sleep.
- Insomnia: difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. The reasons for insomnia are varied including psychological factors, such as stress or depression; environmental factors such as noise; or physiological factors which could include difficulty in breathing or physical pain.
- Parasomnias: this disorder can masquerade as bedwetting, night terrors, sleepwalking and sleep talking because it occurs at random times during the night.
The Sleep Disorders Laboratory offers patients the latest technology in diagnostic equipment, techniques to monitor and evaluate sleep disorders and a warm, comfortable, private home-like environment.
In order to diagnose a sleep disorder, it’s common to take part in an overnight sleep evaluation which happens in the security of a monitored bedroom. A formally-trained technologist observes patients throughout the night using an advanced computerized monitoring system to track breathing patterns, brainwaves, heart rate, eye and limb movements and sounds of a sleeping patient.
The information is then analyzed and interpreted by a physician specially trained in treating sleep-related disorders, and the lab can develop an individual program designed specifically for you. As with most conditions, advances in diagnosis generally lead to successful treatment.
So don’t let sleep disorders keep you awake. Call the Sleep Disorders Laboratory at (407) 833-7526. Or for more information, visit our website at www.CentralFloridaRegional.com.