There are more than 80 sleep disorders, and some of them can be life threatening.
Some of these disorders include:
- Restless leg syndrome
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Central sleep apnea
- Sleep terror disorder
Any of the following symptoms or issues may indicate a sleep disorder:
- Difficulty staying awake, concentrating or paying attention during the day or during situations, such as driving or meetings
- Difficulty controlling blood pressure or losing weight
- Losing interest in sex and/or the ability to perform
- Feeling irritable, moody, grumpy or depressed
- Becoming limp and/or falling down when experiencing a strong emotion, like laughing or crying
- Frequently experiencing a vivid, dreamlike condition when falling asleep or awakening in which you cannot move
- Thrashing about or experiencing uncontrollable leg movements during sleep
- Snoring or a pause in breathing during sleep
- Waking up choking or gasping for breath Inability to breath while sleeping on your back
- Waking up with a rapid heartbeat
- Excessive sweating during sleep
- Headaches, dry mouth or a sore throat upon waking
- Waking up frequently 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.
Request a Referral
Patients must be referred by their physician to the Sleep Disorders Center. For more information, please call (352) 265-5240.
Operated through the University of Florida’s Faculty Group Practice, the UF Health Shands Sleep Clinic is designed to refer patients affected by sleeping disorders to a Sleep Specialist. Sleep Clinic is offered through the department of pulmonary medicine, division of pediatric pulmonary medicine, the department of neurology, and the department of psychology. Patients can participate in a Sleep Clinic test through referral from their primary care physician. Call (352) 265-0524 for more information.
The UF Health Sleep Center is designed to offer multiple diagnostic tests to help physicians diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders. A visit to a specialist is not necessary for a referral to the UF Health Sleep Center Primary care physicians can refer their patients directly to our facility for testing and treatment.
The UF Health Sleep Center operates seven nights a week. View more information about the center below.