Do you snore or have a difficult time staying awake during the day?
A good night's sleep is essential to maintaining good health. Our Sleep Disorder Centers can help!
There are over 80 different types of sleep disorders that affect more than 40 million Americans. Below are a few of the most common sleep disorders:
Sleep apnea: A condition in which breathing becomes shallow or stops while you sleep. It is usually associated with loud snoring and daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, sleep apnea may cause heart disease, obesity, stroke, and increased mortality.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS): A breathing disorder that is common in people who are overweight and occurs when there is a complete blockage of the upper airway. The signs and symptoms may be excessive daytime sleepiness, choking or gasping for air, morning headaches, mood swings, feelings of irritability, memory loss and trouble concentrating.
Narcolepsy: A genetic disorder that causes sudden uncontrollable sleepiness, vivid dreaming, "sleep attacks," sudden loss of muscle tone when emotional, and sometime hallucinations.
Insomnia: The inability to initiate and or maintain sleep. Often, this may be due to emotional or situational circumstances. If it lasts more than a few weeks, you may have a more serious problem.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS): A neurological disorder which causes extreme discomfort in the legs. Complaints may be a tingling, prickling or creepy-crawling sensation that is experienced while awake. The discomfort usually subsides with walking or running.
Periodic Leg Movement Syndrome (PLMS): An involuntary disorder consisting of repeated leg twitches, kicking and jerking which can lead to complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness, restless sleep and frequent awakenings. The person may be unaware of their leg activity. Uremia, anemia, diabetes, pregnancy, and taking or withdrawing from certain medications may cause this disorder.
Parasomnias: Abnormal limb and/or body movement behaviors that occur during deep sleep and may cause injury to the person or anyone around them. They are commonly seen in both children and adults and are described as sleepwalking, sleep talking, bruxism, nightmares, night-terrors, confusional arousals, and REM behavior sleep disorder.
Think you may have a sleep problem? Take our Epworth Sleepiness Quiz and see if you need help.
Sleep Testing (Polysomnography)
Polysomnography, or sleep study monitoring, records various physiological responses during sleep, such as brain activity, muscle movements, eye movements, breathing ability, cardiac monitoring and oxygen levels in the blood. Polysomnography is performed on patients that are suspected of having a sleeping disorder. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is non-invasive.
Polysomnography testing is available at all three of our Sleep Disorder Centers:
Broward Health Medical Center
The Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Medical Center is one of the most comprehensive facilities in Broward County and is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It is one of the few centers in the Broward County area that has two board-certified sleep physicians certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine to personally conduct your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Learn more
Broward Health Coral Springs
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Coral Springs offers a comprehensive program that is dedicated to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatments of sleep disorders for adults and children. With new state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and computer monitoring equipment, the center is staffed by physicians specializing in sleep medicine and registered polysomnographic technologists who are highly trained in identifying and treating sleep disorders. Learn more
Broward Health North
The Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health North offers diagnosis and treatment for more than 80 different sleep disorders. The Center is comprised of physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine, and staff who have specialized in sleep disorders. It is one of the most comprehensive facilities in the area and provides evaluations, diagnostics testing and treatment for all causes. Learn more
Scheduling an Appointment
If you are concerned about the quantity and quality of your sleep or your bed partner has made comments to you about your snoring or other related sleep problems, consult with your primary care physician or specialist. If appropriate, your physician will refer you to one of our Sleep Disorder Centers.
For a free physician referral, or to request an appointment, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.