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Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleep patterns that can affect the amount, timing and quality of sleep someone receives. They can also be related to mental health issues. Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

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Sleep medicine specialists in Florida

You've counted sheep, played your sound machine and even tried not eating sugar before bed — but you're still not able to get a good night's sleep.

We understand, and you're not alone. Many people experience sleep disorders, which are conditions that affect sleep quality. At HCA Florida Healthcare, we know how important sleep is and how sleep disorders can affect your life. In fact, a peaceful slumber has many health benefits, including decreasing your risk of chronic health problems. That's why the specialists within our sleep centers provide comprehensive care for sleep disorders.

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Sleep disorders we treat

  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorder — a disorder that disrupts a person's circadian rhythm, or internal body clock that influences sleep-wake cycles
  • Insomnia — a sleep disorder in which people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Narcolepsy — a sleep disorder in which people have excessive daytime sleepiness or fall asleep at inappropriate times and places, even after a good night's sleep
  • Parasomnias — abnormal and recurrent nighttime behavior, such as sleepwalking, night terrors and headbanging
  • Restless leg syndrome — a condition in which a person experiences leg discomfort, such as pain, pulling or other sensations.
  • Sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep

Our sleep diagnostic services

Our sleep disorder specialists offer a wide range of diagnostic tests and studies to diagnose sleep disorders.

Improved sleep improves your overall quality of life. That's why our sleep specialists are dedicated to helping every patient catch their ZZZ's without having to count sheep.

With advanced technology in our experts' hands, we can accurately analyze your symptoms and patterns to determine the best treatment solution for you.

Some of our sleep disorder services include:

  • In-lab sleep study — This study involves monitoring brain wave activity, breathing, effort of breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and rhythm and muscle movement. It is used to help your physician diagnose your sleep problem along with sleep history.
  • Sleep study with positive airway pressure treatment — This involves an in-lab sleep using a positive airway pressure device (PAP). We have the ability to use three types of devices: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) and adaptive servo ventilation (ASV).
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) — This test is performed after an in-lab sleep study and spans a series of four to five naps that measure your daytime sleepiness. We do this by monitoring your brainwave activity to see what stage of sleep you go into when given 20 minutes to fall asleep.
  • Unattended sleep study — Also known as a home sleep test (HST), an unattended sleep study is for patients with suspected moderate-to-severe sleep apnea. It measures breathing, effort of breathing, oxygen levels, body position and heart rate.
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) — This sleep study measures your ability to stay awake in the most extreme circumstance to ensure the treatment of your sleep disorder is working.

Once you have undergone a sleep test, your sleep doctor may prescribe a medication or device to help you with your sleep disorder. Behavioral modifications and relaxation therapy are often effective in treating sleep problems.

Our sleep medicine specialists

HCA Florida has a rigorous process for ensuring our sleep technicians and sleep doctors have the qualifications to deliver expert care. If you don't feel well-rested, or if you feel like you simply don't sleep well, it may be time to discuss your sleep with our trusted providers.

At each of our hospitals, our sleep disorder teams are dedicated to helping you get back to a good night's rest. If you need additional care as part of your treatment, your care team can help connect you to just the right specialist, as close as possible to where you live or work.

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