Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

What is a sleep disorder?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, two thirds of the population suffer from some form of sleep disorder. While sleep disorders are a universal problem that strikes across the board, men are particularly vulnerable for a variety of reasons. Obstructive sleep apnea is estimated to affect about four percent of men before age 50.

Fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Baptist Health Sleep Centers diagnose problems such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, night seizures and restless leg syndrome, among others. The Center’s technology and staff provide expert testing and analysis of problems. 

Common Sleep Disorders:

Insomnia -- difficulty falling or staying asleep

Sleep Apnea -- breathing interruptions during sleep

Restless Legs Syndrome -- tingling or prickly sensation in the legs

Narcolepsy -- daytime “sleep attacks”

What are the symptoms?

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

  • Regular snoring

  • Feeling very tired at work or school most days of the week

What treatment options are available?

Sleep Study

A sleep study is a test that records your nighttime sleep patterns to determine how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems. These tests can help your doctor find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is.


A mouthpiece, sometimes called an oral appliance, may help some people who have mild sleep apnea or who snore loudly but don't have sleep apnea. A dentist or orthodontist can make a custom-fit plastic mouthpiece that will adjust your lower jaw and tongue to help keep your airways open while you sleep.

Breathing Machine (CPAP)

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), sometimes called a breathing machine, is the most common and effective nonsurgical treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea in adults. A CPAP machine uses a facial mask that fits over your mouth and/or nose and gently blows air into your throat to help keep your airway open while you sleep. Once your otolaryngologist determines that CPAP is the right treatment, you will need to wear the CPAP mask every night.


We have Baptist Health Sleep Centers and Clinics conveniently located throughout the state.

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