Sleep center in Bayonet Point, Florida

If you don't feel well-rested, or if you feel like you simply don't sleep well, it may be time to discuss your sleep with your doctor. Sleep problems are wide ranging and can include snoring, tossing and turning, inability to get comfortable, feeling as though you haven't slept, nodding off during the day and waking up every few hours.

If these symptoms sound familiar, diagnostic sleep testing is available at the Bayonet Point Sleep Center. We are here to identify the cause of sleep disturbances, so you can return to getting a good night's rest.

To learn more about diagnostic services for sleep disorders, please call the Bayonet Point Sleep Center at (727) 819-2949.

Understanding sleep apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when you repeatedly stop breathing during sleep. You may experience periods of 60 seconds or longer without breathing, and this can happen hundreds of times throughout the night.

When your breathing stops, your brain reacts by arousing you from sleep to resume breathing. As a result, your sleep becomes fragmented and unfulfilled. Sleep apnea may be the reason you wake up tired and feel tired for most of the day.

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder and is often found in overweight individuals who are 40 years old or older. However, it can affect anyone at any age or weight. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain and headaches. Additionally, lack of sleep can cause a decrease in alertness and attention span.

Types of sleep apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea, which include:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—This type occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks the airway while you sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA)—This type occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Mixed sleep apnea—This type is indicative of a combination of OSA and CSA.

Causes of sleep apnea

The following are common causes associated with sleep apnea:

  • Abnormalities in the upper airway
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Larger than average neck circumference
  • Regular alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Use of sedative medication

Symptoms of sleep apnea

Patients with sleep apnea often experience the following symptoms:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Decrease in attention span
  • Dry mouth and/or throat
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Irritability
  • Loud snoring
  • Mood swings

Diagnostic sleep apnea testing

If you are experiencing symptoms that are characteristic of sleep apnea, visit your doctor to see if they recommend you participate in sleep testing. We offer the following tests at the Bayonet Point Sleep Center:

  • Polysomnogram test—This overnight test records the number of apnea events (stoppages in breathing) that occur. It monitors your heart rate, eye movements, brain waves and muscle activity.
  • Multiple sleep latency test—This test measures your levels of daytime drowsiness.

Our sleep lab will analyze the results of your sleep test to determine if sleep apnea is present. Once a diagnosis is made, you and your physician can discuss sleep apnea treatment options and work to restore your quality of sleep.