Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders Services in Bartow, Florida

Sleep disorders are quite common. The greatest proportion of people experiencing sleep disorders (three of every ten) has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. At least another five percent of the population has difficulty with excessive sleep and ten million people with sleep problems seek medical help from a physician each year.

Bartow Regional Medical Center offers the services of board certified pulmonologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

How do you know if you have a sleep disorder?

Symptoms may include:

  • A long time falling asleep
  • You are excessively sleepy during the day
  • You feel fatigued or weak during the day
  • You rely on alcohol or pills to help you sleep
  • You snore loudly during sleep or have trouble breathing during sleep
  • You move around excessively during sleep
  • You sleepwalk or talk during sleep

The Center for Sleep Medicine at Bartow Regional Medical Center provides complete clinical evaluations, including a nighttime sleep test called a polysomnogram. A polysomnogram test involves sleeping in a laboratory where all aspects of sleep are carefully monitored. It is done in a comfortable, private room with a technician in attendance throughout the night for assistance. The test is safe and painless.

During the sleep test, sensors are placed on the patient's head, chest, on either side of the eyes and under the chin. These sensors record brain waves, eye movements and heart and muscle activity. Other sensors are used to monitor breathing and blood oxygen levels. Nighttime recordings often are followed by a daytime test, such as the multiple sleep latency test, to determine whether the sleep disorder involves increased tendency to fall asleep.

Can sleep disorders be treated?

Absolutely. Once a sleep disorder is diagnosed, it can be successfully treated. The information from your sleep tests can assist your physician or recommended sleep specialist in designing the proper treatment to help you get a better night's sleep.

A good night's sleep is essential for your well being. For more information, talk to your doctor.

Learn more about sleep disorders services at BayCare.

For a physician referral, call (863) 280-6077.