Restful sleep is essential to health and well-being, and many of us aren’t getting enough due to poor sleep habits or actual sleep disorders. An estimated one-third of all Americans have a sleep disorder, which could lead to chronic fatigue and health conditions like diabetes, heart disease or depression.
The multidisciplinary team of sleep specialists at Baptist Health holds advanced training and certification in sleep medicine and is dedicated to providing quality care through in-depth evaluations and consultations for a wide range of sleep disorders. We walk you through each step of the process, giving you the education, training and tools you need to achieve restorative sleep.
Our sleep centers are equipped with the most advanced technology in sleep medicine and are designed to evaluate children as well as adults. We are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) — the gold standard for excellence in sleep medicine services — or The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals. These accreditations illustrate our commitment to high quality, patient-centered care.
What conditions do the sleep medicine specialists at Baptist Health treat?
Our experts work with specialists in pulmonary medicine, cardiology, psychiatry, neurology and urology to diagnose and treat sleep disorders, including:
- Upper airway resistance – a collapsed or blocked airway that causes loud snoring.
- Sleep apnea – a breathing disorder that causes breathing to slow or stop multiple times during sleep.
- Insomnia – the persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
- Periodic leg movement syndrome – leg muscle twitches and uncontrolled movements that occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep.
- Narcolepsy – sudden, uncontrollable periods of falling asleep that can occur at any time during any type of activity.
- Parasomnia – unusual activities, like talking, walking or eating, that take place during sleep.
Where are sleep studies conducted?
Most studies are conducted at an outpatient sleep diagnostic center or hospital-based facility, depending on your preference and doctor’s orders. We offer studies at night or during daytime hours to accommodate your regular work/sleep patterns.
For those who qualify, sleep studies may even be performed in the comfort of their own home using monitoring equipment provided by our centers.
What to expect:
Evaluation begins with a comprehensive history and physical exam by one of our sleep medicine specialists, who determines if a sleep study is needed to gain further insight into your condition.
If your sleep study takes place in one of our sleep diagnostic centers or hospitals, you’ll sleep in a comfortable private room with hotel-like amenities including:
- Wireless Internet
- Private bathroom
- Flat screen television
During your sleep study, sensors are placed on your skin and head which help monitor your sleep cycle and track your heart rate, brain waves, leg movements and body positioning. A registered sleep technician monitors your breathing, airflow and blood oxygen from a nearby observation station. You will be awakened by a technologist at an agreed-upon time.
After your testing has been completed, a Board-certified doctor who specializes in sleep medicine will review the results in order to develop a personalized plan addressing your sleep issues.
For many, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine provides relief for their sleepless nights. We offer CPAP education and training to ensure you’re using your equipment correctly and getting all the health benefits it provides.
Your doctor may also recommend one or more of the following treatment options:
- Education and training to improve your sleep habits
- Dietary supplements
- Surgery to correct a structural issue
We understand how a sleep disorder can affect every aspect of your life. At Baptist Health, our experts listen to your concerns and provide customized solutions that improve your sleep and quality of life.
Who benefits from sleep medicine services?
If any of the below apply to you, you may have an underlying sleep disorder and may benefit from a sleep consultation:
- Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying awake or sleeping through the night?
- Do you awaken frequently during the night?
- Have you been told that you snore or have pauses in your breathing during sleep?
- Do your legs jerk frequently, feel uncomfortable or restless before or during sleep?
- Do you often feel tired or have a headache when you wake up in the morning?
- Do you find it difficult to stay awake while driving?
- Do you often find yourself falling asleep when you don’t intend to, such as while watching TV or talking on the phone?
We use the most advanced technology in sleep medicine available today to evaluate both children and adults. Pediatric sleep studies are available.
You need a prescription from your doctor to participate in a sleep study at Baptist Health South Florida.