Diagnostic sleep center in South Tampa

Sleep is a necessity, but getting a good night's sleep is a daily problem for many people. The diagnostic sleep center at Memorial Hospital of Tampa is here to help diagnose and treat patients experiencing sleep problems in South Tampa. Our sleep specialists are here to help you and your doctor develop a plan to improve the quality of your sleep.

To learn more about services offered at the Diagnostic Sleep Center, please call us at (813) 970-2777.

Common symptoms of sleep disorders

When we aren't getting the amount of sleep our bodies need, we aren't functioning at our highest level. In fact, without treatment, the effects of sleep disorders may include untimely drowsiness, increased risk of heart health problems and breathing disorders. These can have a significant affect on daily life and long-term health.

You may consider talking to your doctor about your sleep if you experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating at work or school
  • Dozing off while driving
  • Heavy snoring
  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Inability to stay asleep
  • Leg cramps or "crawling" feeling in the legs
  • Often waking with a headache
  • Partner indicates you stop breathing during sleep
  • Profuse sweating at night
  • Restless legs that interfere with falling asleep
  • Sleepiness during the day

What to expect in a sleep study

Sleep studies are an ideal tool for diagnosing sleep disorders. This kind of study allows you to sleep while being monitored. This enables your sleep specialist to assess your problems as they happen and form a diagnosis.

We offer sleep studies seven days a week at the diagnostic sleep center. If you are scheduled for a sleep study, you will arrive on the night of your study at 8 p.m. to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Your will go to bed at your regular time and be woken up at 6 a.m. the next morning. Results from your study will be available from your physician in approximately one week.

Types of sleep disorders

There are many types of sleep disorders. Some are physical and others are psychological or behavioral in nature. However, all of them will keep you from getting the proper amount of rest. Some of the most common conditions we encounter include:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—This condition is characterized by loud snoring and breathing that repeatedly stops for long periods of time. It is related to a collapse or blockage of the airway, so imaging exams may be used to confirm your exact diagnosis.
  • Narcolepsy—This condition causes individuals to experience extreme daytime sleepiness to the point that they fall asleep at inopportune times.
  • Insomnia—This condition is indicative of people either not being able to fall asleep or not being able to stay asleep.
  • Restless legs syndrome—This condition causes jerky or active legs before and during sleep. This can cause you to have trouble falling asleep and can interrupt your sleep as well.