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Sleep Disorders

The Sleep Disorders Laboratory at the Largo Medical Center – Indian Rocks Road campus is staffed with physicians credentialed in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, in addition to their primary specialty board certifications. Sleep physicians are diplomats of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and have primary specializations in Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine or Psychiatry. Highly specialized technologists who hold the rare credentials of registered Polysomnographic Technologist are an integral asset to the laboratory where they perform and score the sleep studies. Additionally, the Techs consult with patients and physicians.

Diagnostic testing is the foundation of the sleep evaluation and is performed during an overnight stay in the Sleep Disorders Laboratory. The rooms are set up more like a personal bedroom versus a hospital-like setting to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Polysomnographic Technologists will place several small sensors (electrodes) on the patient. The sensors will not cause any discomfort. These sensors record a variety of body functions during sleep, such as the electrical activity of the brain, eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort, air flow and blood oxygen levels. After the sensors are applied you can watch television, read a magazine, book, or simply lie in bed until you are ready to fall asleep.

Results are used to both diagnose a sleep disorder and to determine its severity. The results will be documented in a report that a physician on staff at the Sleep Disorders Laboratory will review and recommend various treatment options.

If you have trouble falling asleep, staying awake or sleeping through the night, you may be among the one-third of Americans estimated to have sleep disorders. If not treated, a sleep disorder can lead to chronic fatigue, disorientation and the inability to accomplish everyday tasks.

Test Yourself:

  • Do you doze off unintentionally during the day?
  • Do you snore loudly and persistently at night, and are you sleep during the day?
  • Have you ever “dozed off” while driving?
  • Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
  • Does your partner notice that you sometimes stop breathing while you’re sleeping?
  • Do you wake up with an acid taste in the mouth, or cough and wheeze during the night?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you may have a sleeping disorder. Discuss your symptoms with a physician or call (800) 617-7102 to schedule an appointment at the Sleep Disorders Center.