Sleep Disorders are a national epidemic: 100 million Americans have occasional
sleep problems (1/3 have some form of chronic insomnia), and 12 million
Americans between the ages of 30 and 60 suffer from sleep apnea, which
is more common than asthma. Left untreated, sleep apnea is associated
with increased risk of stroke and heart attack; accidental injury at home,
work or while driving, caused by chronic sleepiness; and hypertension
(high blood pressure).
Common Symptoms Include:
- Difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep
- Falling asleep when inactive, during mundane activities (reading or watching TV)
- Heavy snoring combined with gasping or grunting noises during sleep
- Waking up tired, even after a full night’s sleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Irritability and short temper
- Feeling very sleepy, perpetually tired, or falling asleep at inappropriate
times (during meetings, while reading or watching TV)
- Use of medication or alcohol to fall asleep
- Awakening several times a night from your sleep
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Vivid dreaming at sleep onset
A.W.A.K.E.—Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic—is a health awareness
group for those with sleep disorders. The group is dedicated to exchanging
information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders and
related health concerns. Everyone with a related interest in sleep and
health is encouraged to attend. This meeting is held the second Monday
of every month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port
St. John (south entrance). Call 321-268-6408 for more information.
A physician who specializes in sleep disorders will thoroughly evaluate
you and do a complete medical history, with an emphasis on sleep-related
issues, and a physical examination. It’s helpful if your spouse
or a family member can be present during the interview to provide additional
insight about your activities during sleep. If you need testing, we’ll
explain what test(s) we recommend and how they can help you. Most patients
are scheduled for an overnight sleep study, but some patients may need
an additional daytime study.
You’ll be in a private room with a bathroom and shower. Each suite
provides a serene, home-like environment where you can get your sleep
disorder diagnosed and/or treated using the latest techniques and technologies.
A technician will explain the testing equipment and procedures. A variety
of sensors will be connected to you so your breathing, sleep stages, muscle
movements, eye movements, snoring, blood oxygen level, etc., can be monitored
and recorded while you sleep. Nothing about this process is painful. The
room is dark and quiet, but a technician will be able to check on you
with an infrared camera and microphone. You’ll be awakened in the
morning when the test is completed.
Results and Treatment
A physician who specializes in sleep medicine will interpret your results.
We will follow up with you to discuss the results and any recommendations.
“Thank you for last night. I am so grateful that I chose PSJ for
my sleep study. After listening to others, including those at last night's
session, I value the advice and advocacy that you and the entire Sleep
Center have provided to me. It began with just being lucky enough to have
Holly with me my first night and being able to schedule with her for the
second night as well. A friend suggested it was kinda "creepy"
to have someone watch you sleep. I found it to be comforting to have Holly
watching over me, giving such care and support. Then you called with my
results. You were so knowledgeable and reassuring in answering my questions
and providing insight into this entire medical process. When I brought
in my CPAP card for the download, Arianne was so patient and informative
in explaining what the pages and pages of print-outs meant. And then you
allowed me to test-drive some different masks to help me find the one
best suited to me. You know that I am very motivated to comply with the
requirements of my apnea treatment, but I know that I lucked out in having
Parrish PSJ as my medical mentor.”
- Meg H.