How Common are Sleep Disorders?
Today, in the United States alone, the number of people who suffer from sleep disorders are staggering yet only five percent get diagnosed and treated:
- 50 million Americans suffer from insomnia
- 20 million Americans experience leg movements during the night that cause them to awaken
- 10 million Americans experience loud snoring and breathing pauses during their sleep
- 250,000 Americans suffer from narcolepsy
How Can the Sleep Disorders Center Help?
The specialists at the Aventura Sleep Disorders Center are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and can help you get a better night’s sleep, which is vital to your well-being. The Center is equipped with state of the art polysomnography (sleep study) recording systems. Each of the two sleep study bedrooms is complete with computerized data acquisition and diagnostic equipment. A bedroom-like sleeping environment is provided in each room and furnished with a queen-sized bed, night stand, drawers, flat screen television, and private bath and shower. Since most people spend approximately one-third of their lives sleeping, it is easy to see the correlation between the quality of your sleep and the quality of your life.
Aventura Sleep Disorders Center is a state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment center accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). The two-bedroom sleep center is complete with computerized data acquisition and diagnostic equipment. Each room includes a queen-sized bed, color remote controlled television and a private bath and shower.
Since most health insurance providers cover the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, the Aventura Sleep Disorders Center can help you improve the quality of your life by giving you back peaceful nights. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.
The Aventura Sleep Disorders Center is an open sleep lab, meaning any physician may refer a patient to the center if they feel the patient is experiencing a sleep disorder. A doctor’s referral is necessary for a sleep study, therefore, self-referrals cannot be accepted.
Our Sleep Disorders Center Services include:
- Baseline polysomnography
- Split night polysomnography
- CPAP titration studies
- BiPAP titration studies
- Adaptive Servo-Ventilation titration studies
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
How Can a Sleep Evaluation Be Obtained?
Patients who are not under the care of a physician and would like to have a sleep evaluation can be referred to physicians associated with the Sleep Disorders Center by calling (305) 682-7216.
What are the Most Common Sleep Disorders?
- Insomnia: a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
- Snoring: a partial obstruction of the upper airway shown to increase the risk of having heart attacks and/or strokes. Loud, heavy snoring can also be a symptom of a more serious disorder known as sleep apnea
- Sleep Apnea: a life-threatening disorder that causes you to stop breathing periodically while sleeping
- Narcolepsy: a neurological illness characterized by sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks and persistent daytime sleepiness
- Nocturnal Myoclonus: a disorder characterized by excessive movement of the legs during sleep, which causes arousal, also known as Periodic Leg Movements
- Gastroesophageal Reflux: a disorder caused when acid from the stomach "backs up" into the esophagus during the night, causing small awakenings
- Parasomnias: abnormal and recurrent nighttime behavior such as sleepwalking, night terrors and head banging, etc.
- Restless Leg Syndrome - a condition causing an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, usually due to an uncomfortable sensation. The condition is also known as Willis-Ekborn Disease.
- Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder - a disorder that disrupts a person's circadian rhythm or "internal body clock" that influences sleep-wake cycles
What is Observed during a Sleep Evaluation?
Our registered polysomnography technician is able to observe brain rhythms, eye movements, chin movements, leg movements, breathing through the nose, breathing patterns of the abdomen and chest, snoring, oxygen and heart rate. The referring physician receives the collected data and interprets the information to accurately diagnose sleep disorders.
When Should I Consult a Physician About My Sleep Disorder?
Ask yourself, as well as your sleep partner, the following questions in order to determine whether you may need to consult your doctor for a referral to the Aventura Sleep Disorders Center:
- Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?
- Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
- Do you awaken frequently during the night?
- Do others say that you snore loudly?
- Do others say that you stop breathing during your sleep?
- Do you suddenly awaken gasping for breath?
- Do you get morning headaches?
- Do you feel your body going limp when you are angry or surprised?
- Do you experience vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening?
- Do you experience leg pain during the night?
- Do others say that you kick and thrash while asleep?
- Do you wake up with heartburn, coughing or wheezing?
- Do you have recurrent episodes of sleep walking, nightmares or abnormal behavior while sleeping, such as violent actions, head banging, etc?
If you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions, you should consult your physician and inquire whether an evaluation at our Sleep Disorders Center would be appropriate for you.