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There are more than 80 sleep disorders, and some of them can be life threatening.

Some of these disorders include:

Any of the following symptoms or issues may indicate a sleep disorder:

  • I can't stay awake, concentrate or pay attention when I really need to. I fall asleep at the wheel, at the movies or in meetings. I am so drowsy I am not doing as well as I should at work or school.
  • I can't control my blood pressure or lose weight.
  • I'm losing my interest in sex and/or the ability to perform.
  • I am irritable, moody, grumpy or depressed.
  • When experiencing a strong emotion, like laughing or crying, I become limp and fall.
  • When falling asleep or awakening, I frequently experience a dreamlike condition where I can't move.
  • My legs move uncontrollably or I thrash about in my sleep.
  • I act out disturbing dreams during sleep and hurt myself or bedmate.
  • I've been told I snore or pause while breathing in my sleep. I may wake up choking and gasping for breath. I can't breathe while sleeping on my back.
  • I sweat excessively at night.
  • I wake up with my heart beating rapidly.
  • I wake up with headaches, dry mouth or sore throat.
  • I wake up to use the bathroom throughout the night.

If you believe you have a sleep disorder, describe your symptoms to your primary care physician. Snoring, for example, may indicate the most common disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, which contributes to many health issues, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Resolving sleep problems may prevent more serious health problems from developing.

Procedures and Tests

Physicians and technologists at the UF Health Shands Sleep Center offer several procedures to your doctor to monitor and treat a full range of sleep disorders.

These tests include:

CPAP Titration and Split Study Test

The CPAP titration is a test that measures the effectiveness of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), the most popular and least invasive form of sleep apnea treatment. During a CPAP titration, you will be “hooked-up” with the same equipment as in a standard complex polysomnography, but CPAP will be added and measured as you sleep.

Split study is a complex polysomnography and a CPAP titration broken up into two sections in one night. Your doctor may order this procedure if he or she suspects sleep apnea is the cause of your symptoms. It is important that you tell your sleep technologist if you have trouble sleeping or falling asleep in certain positions. Many times, the sleep technologists are unable to get both sections of the study done in one night. In the case that your study can not be split up the first night that you are in, the UF Health Shands Sleep Disorders Center will contact you after the first study has been analyzed to schedule the treatment portion.