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Sleep Disorders and Memorial Hospital Pembroke Sleep Study Program

Sleepless in South Florida? A Sleep Clinic Might Be the Solution for Your Insomnia

Everyone has an occasional bout with insomnia. In most cases, the problem can be solved with relaxation techniques, home remedies or over-the-counter medications. However, if you're one of the millions who suffer from an undiagnosed sleep disorder, you may need extra help to make it through the night. Fortunately, treatment for sleep disorders is available at Memorial Hospital Pembroke's Sleep Study Program.

Who is Affected by Sleep Disorders?

Sleep disorders affect one out of every four individuals. Left untreated, many serious conditions, such as sleep apnea, may have life-threatening consequences due to the toll taken on the cardiovascular and neurological systems. Research indicates that approximately 4 percent of the population suffers from sleep apnea, the most prevalent of all sleep disorders. The profile of the typical apnea patient is an overweight, middle-aged adult, between the ages of 35 and 55, who snores loudly, complains of being tired during the day and has a 17.5-inch neck size or greater.

Sleep Disorder Symptoms to Look For

Those with sleep apnea will usually have the following symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness, stentorian (loud) snoring, gasping or choking awakenings, awakenings for uncertain reasons, restless sleep, poor memory and intellectual function, irritability, morning headaches and confusion. Bed partners and housemates will frequently describe loud snoring with intermittent silent periods terminated by loud or resuscitative snorting.

Who to Contact

Those who suspect they may have a sleep disorder should bring it to the attention of their family physician or make an appointment for a consultation with one of the sleep specialists affiliated with Memorial Hospital Pembroke.

What to Expect

During a sleep consultation, Memorial Hospital Pembroke's highly trained sleep technologists will obtain a general medical and sleep history and conduct a physical examination. It will then be determined if additional tests are needed through an overnight sleep study. Sleep studies are conducted in private sleep rooms that afford patients all the comforts of home. Set-up involves the placement of various electrodes on the surface of the patient's scalp, face, chest and lower leg to monitor brain waves, eye movements, respiration, heart rate and muscle activity. There are no injections, drugs or S-rays associated with this procedure and no pain associated with the placing or wearing of electrodes. A second night at the Sleep Study Program may be required for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Treatment for Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorder treatments can range from airway pressure appliances, medication, lifestyle changes, weight loss, ENT surgery and laser therapy, dental appliances, light therapy and internal body clock adjustments. The treatment or treatments recommended depend upon the type of sleep disorder diagnosed.

For a consultation with a Memorial Hospital Pembroke sleep specialist, please call (954) 442-8694.


Is Your Doctor a Memorial Doctor?
To find a physician who is committed to sleep disorder treatment, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.