Sleep is a necessity. Research shows that most of us need about eight hours of good quality sleep a night to rest our bodies and refresh our minds, so we can perform at our best. And, of course, people simply enjoy a good night's sleep.

But, many people have real problems with sleep. The symptoms include inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, snoring and other breathing disorders while sleeping, which can cause drowsiness when we need to be alert. Untreated, these problems can have a devastating effect on the quality of our lives, making us physically and mentally unable to deal with everyday challenges we face. In fact, some illnesses such as high blood pressure - even heart attacks - can be linked to certain sleep disorders.

The Diagnostic Sleep Center at Memorial Hospital of Tampa specializes in diagnosing and treating people having sleep problems. The center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. For more information on our Diagnostic Sleep Center, please call 813-870-2777.

Sleep Studies are performed seven days a week. If you have been scheduled for a Sleep Study, you will come in the night of your Study at 8:00 PM, to become accustomed to the environment. You will go to bed at your regular bedtime - about 10:00 PM for most people. You will be wakened at 6:00 AM the next morning - it can be earlier if you request. The results of your Study will be available in approximately one (1) week from your private physician.

Examples of Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders are a wide range of physical and psychological conditions that keep people from getting sufficient rest. Some of the common conditions we encounter at the Sleep Center include:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Individuals with OSA snore loudly, have repeated episodes of stoppage of breathing at night due to collapse or blockage of the airway. The OSA sufferer's sleep is repeatedly interrupted causing poor sleep at night and tiredness during the day.
  • Narcolepsy: Individuals with Narcolepsy have a condition causing severe daytime sleepiness and falling asleep at inappropriate times.
  • Insomnia: Individuals with Insomnia have an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep.
  • Periodic Leg Movements during Sleep: Jerky or active legs while sleeping may cause interrupted sleep.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

You should consider seeking help if you experience these symptoms:

  • Frequent difficulty falling asleep in bed at night. Frequent awakening during sleep
  • Heavy snoring
  • Partner says you stop breathing during sleep
  • Dozing off while driving
  • Often waking with a headache
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Difficulty concentrating at work/school
  • Profuse sweating at night
  • Leg cramps or "crawling" feeling in legs
  • Restless legs that interfere with falling asleep.