When to consider a sleep study

We are proud to partner with our sister hospital, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, to provide sleep studies in nearby Hudson, Florida, for our patients.

Serious sleep problems usually present as symptoms you can identify at home. If you answer "yes" to one or more of the following questions, you may need to ask your doctor for a referral to a Sleep Center:

  • Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
  • Do you wake often during the night?
  • Do you wake too early in the morning?
  • Do you often feel sleepy, even after a "full" night's sleep?
  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Has anyone noticed you stop breathing during sleep?
  • Do you often walk or talk in your sleep?
  • When falling asleep, do you feel paralyzed or unable to move?
  • Do you have nightmares or find yourself hallucinating at night?

Patients who have received a referral from their physician to have a sleep study can find our sister facility at the following address:

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
7531 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL 34667

For more information or to schedule a sleep study at our sister facility, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, call (727) 819-2949.

Common sleep disorders

The most common sleep disorders we diagnose include:

  • Sleep apnea—This is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Long term, untreated sleep apnea can increase a person's risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and other complications.
  • Insomnia—A sleep disorder in which people have difficulty falling asleep, wake up during sleep, have trouble returning to sleep, wake up too early or have poor quality sleep.
  • Restless leg syndrome—A condition in which a person experiences leg discomfort, such as pain, pulling or other sensations. Restless leg syndrome causes patients to wake up frequently during sleep.
  • Narcolepsy—A sleep disorder in which people to have excessive daytime sleepiness or to fall asleep at inappropriate times and places even after a good night's sleep.

Sleep disorder treatment

If you have difficulty getting quality sleep, speak with your primary care physician. Your doctor can thoroughly assess you to make sure other health-related issues are not causing your sleep difficulty.

Your physician may recommend you undergo a sleep test, also called a polysomnogram (PSG). Once you have undergone a sleep study, your doctor may prescribe a medication to help you with your sleep disorder. Behavioral modifications and relaxation therapy are also often effective in treating sleep disorders. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines may be recommended to you if you are experiencing sleep apnea.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

CPAP machines provide relief to patients with sleep apnea. A CPAP machine gently blows air throw a mask worn over the mouth and nose to prevent airways from being narrowed or blocked during sleep.

How overnight sleep studies work

Not all sleep disorders require an overnight sleep study. If your condition necessitates one, you will be referred to spend a night in one of our sleeping areas.

During your diagnostic sleep study, our sleep medicine specialists will monitor you throughout the evening and take key measurements while you sleep to determine if there are any problems. This includes tracking your oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide levels.

During your sleep study, you will sleep normally but with electrodes and other monitors placed on your scalp, face, chest, limbs and fingers. This painless, non-invasive test measures brain activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, air moving through your lungs and the amount of oxygen in your blood.

Home sleep testing

When appropriate, we offer home sleep testing. In a home sleep study, a diagnostic unit is sent to you. You will wear the unit for a night and return the unit to us by mail. We will download the results from the unit and interpret the data to diagnose your condition.

The home sleep test is simple to use. Should you have any questions, we will provide you with a 24-hour helpline to assist you.