Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

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What Do You Really Know About Sleep?

A good night's sleep—everyone needs it, but not everyone gets it. We stay up late and get up early, and then wonder why we always feel tired. Why is sleep important? See how much you know about snoozing by taking this quiz.

1. The rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage is when dreaming occurs. How often does REM happen during the night?
2. To function well, adults should average how much sleep a night?
3. How many Americans suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders?
4. A sleepless night can have a similar effect on your ability to drive in morning rush-hour traffic as which of these?
5. Minor sleep deprivation can affect concentration, mood, and what else?
6. Sleepwalking tends to run in families. At what ages does it occur most often?

Make Your Dreams Come True at the Broward Health Coral Springs Sleep Disorders Center

A good night's sleep is essential to maintaining good health. Make your dreams come true by finding a sleep solution with our experienced and specialized team. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Sleep Disorders Center 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.

Young boy in sleep study

Sleep Testing

Polysomnography is a painless sleep study used to evaluate whether or not a person has a sleep disorder. It requires that the patient sleep overnight. A technologist monitors the patient from a separate control room throughout the night to ensure safety. Testing lasts for a period of 6 to 8 hours. Several electrodes and monitoring devices are attached to the patient to record brain waves, eye movements, chin muscle activity, heart rate and rhythm, breathing, leg movements, snoring, oxygen levels and body position with an infrared camera located in the patient's room. Once testing is completed the patient is free to go home or to work. All patients are invited to attend a sleep center orientation/walkthrough before their appointment to get a better idea of what to expect prior to their overnight stay.

The Pillar Procedure is a treatment for patients diagnosed with snoring and mild sleep apnea. It is an outpatient procedure that can be performed within 30 minutes. A local anesthetic is used to numb the soft palate in order to insert three polyester implants into the soft palate. Over time the implants help to stiffen the soft palate and decrease the vibration which can cause snoring and mild sleep apnea. It is not recommended for patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. For this reason, patients should have an overnight sleep study done in order to determine if they will benefit from this procedure.

Home studies
The Sleep Disorders Center offers home sleep study testing for patients who are 18 years of age and older without serious medical conditions. Our sleep panel physicians are trained in sleep medicine and are supported by a professional staff of registered polysomnographic technologists. Learn more »

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Treatment and Follow up

Once an accurate diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is designed. Depending on the sleep disorder, treatment could involve a number of approaches including medication or a change from existing medication, medical equipment to use at home, psychological counseling or surgery.

The complete analysis is performed by registered polysomnographic technologists and the interpretation of the sleep study is performed by the sleep panel doctors. A comprehensive sleep report with diagnosis and recommendations will be sent to your primary care physician and/or specialist.

Sleep Rooms

Spacious and beautifully decorated patient rooms provide a spa-like feel making for a comfortable sleeping environment – all while patients are monitored. Each of the four private rooms have a fully functional bathroom equipped with a shower, comfortable bedding with a plush pillow top mattress in both full and queen size, flat panel television, ceiling fan, sound-proof insulation, and individual climate temperature controls. There is also a room designed especially for children where parents are offered sleep accommodations if they wish.

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Common Disorders

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 study room at CSMC

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.

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 day time 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, night- mares, night-terrors, confusional arousals, and REM behavior sleep disorder.

Insomnia
The inability to easily fall asleep or remain asleep due to stress, anxiety, depression or poor sleep habits. The complaint may be the inability to fully function when awake and daytime sleepiness. Central Sleep Apnea When the impulse to breathe is blocked resulting in no airflow and no chest or abdominal movement. This may occur in people with a heart condition and in people with a neuromuscular disease.

Narcolepsy
A genetic disorder of uncontrollable sleep attacks usually noticeable during the teen or young adult years. Symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, sudden loss of muscle tone when emotional, hallucinating, and the inability to move upon awakening.

Scheduling an Appointment

Adult male in sleep studyIf you are concerned about your sleep or if your bed partner has made comments to you about snoring or other sleep related problems, consult your physician or a sleep specialist for a referral to the Sleep Disorders Center. Please contact us at 954-344-7431 if you have any questions.

The Sleep Disorders Center is located on the second floor (Suite 260) of the 2901 Medical Arts in the Springs building, on Coral Hills Drive east of Broward Health Coral Springs.

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