Providing exceptional health care on Florida's space coast
Health First Sleep Center is proud of the high level of care and service provided.
• We have a professional staff of physicians (including five physicians board certified in sleep medicine), a pediatric neurologist, and a pediatric pulmonologist.
• Our technical staff includes seven registered polysomnographers and associates trained in critical and specialty care.
• 10-20 percent of our patients are children.
• Besides clinical and diagnostic services, we also offer public education, case management, extensive follow-up, and patient support.
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.
A physician who specializes in sleep medicine will interpret your tests, and a physician board certified in sleep medicine will also review the results. Typically the physician will follow up with you two weeks after testing to discuss the results and any recommendations. This may include another night in the Sleep Center to begin treatment, adjust your treatment, or check the progress of your treatment.
Common disorders<br>Although there are several types of sleep disorders, they generally fall into two main groups, parasomnias and dyssomnias.<br>Parasomnias are abnormal behaviors that occur during sleep. Examples include: <br>• Sleep walking (Somnambulism) <br>• Sleep terrors <br>• Head banging (Jactatio capitis nocturna) <br>• Teeth grinding (Bruxism) <br>Dyssomnias interrupt the normal sleep/wake cycle. Examples include: <br>• Sleep apnea (obstructive, central or mixed) <br>• Restless leg syndrome <br>• Periodic limb movements of sleep <br>• Insomnia <br>• Narcolepsy <br>Sleep Apnea<br>The most common disorder, and one that can seriously affect your health, is sleep apnea. Apnea is when you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds while you're asleep and can occur up to hundreds of times per night. Usually, you don't know it's happening, but often your spouse or a family member has observed you snoring and gasping -two common symptoms of apnea.<br>During apneas, your body -especially your heart -is deprived of adequate oxygen. If it's caused by an obstruction, you struggle to breathe and eventually wake up, usually without recalling it, in order to reestablish breathing. Increased blood pressure and irregular heartbeats are often associated with apnea.<br>