Sleep is more than rest. You need sleep to get through the day with the best physical and mental health. Sleep deprivation interferes with work, driving and social activities.
What to Expect During a Sleep Study
Patients usually arrive a few hours before bedtime. The sleep lab is a comfortable, private room with a bed, with surroundings designed to simulate your home sleep environment. Once you are settled in, our experienced and credentialed sleep technologists apply monitors to watch you throughout the night.
The results of the sleep study will be sent to your physician. If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, our staff will recommend a treatment plan. Your physician will be responsible for your follow-up care.
Suite Dreams Sleep Disorders Program
Relax in comfort at Delray Medical Center’s sleep laboratory. Our sleep center is dedicated to providing you with personalized service in a hotel-like environment. Our sleep professionals will make every effort to ensure your experience is surprisingly pleasant. The center offers a luxurious bed, fine linens and other amenities.
Restful sleep is very important to one’s health – not too much or too little sleep, but just the right amount. However, many people have serious sleep disorders that interfere with their ability to initiate or maintain sleep – or cause them to have excessive daytime sleepiness. These disorders stem from a wide variety of causes and affect all types of people at all ages. The Sleep Laboratory can provide comprehensive sleep monitoring to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
Pre-registration can be done in person or by telephone. If you wish to pre-register by phone, call (561) 495-3538. If you wish to pre-register in person, stop by the outpatient admitting area any weekday prior to your scheduled appointment. When you check in, the admitting staff will give you an ID bracelet that you should wear throughout your hospital stay. If you have any questions, or need to cancel or reschedule your evaluation, please call (561) 495-3171.
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A BPAP is similar to a CPAP, however, instead of applying constant pressure in your airway, the BPAP builds to a higher pressure when you inhale and lower pressure when you exhale. This treatment can help create steady breathing patterns during sleep.
A CPAP gently blows air from a mask on the nose into the back of your throat. This keeps your airway open during sleep. Regular CPAP use has been shown to improve daytime function, reduce driving accidents and improve blood pressure and heart function.
Surgery is generally only used as an option when other treatments have failed to correct your sleep disruption. Surgery for sleep apnea is intended to enlarge the airway either through your nose or throat. For severe, life-threatening sleep apnea, it may be necessary to create a new air passageway through surgery, a procedure called a tracheostomy.
Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep. Insomnia may be transient, meaning it lasts a few days, or chronic, which can last for weeks or months. This condition is often caused by daily stress, depression, panic, poor sleep hygiene, caffeine, alcohol, chronic pain, asthma, shift work or jet lag.
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder in which you experience sleepiness attacks, dreaming while awake. You may fall asleep suddenly, even while eating, walking or driving. Narcolepsy can also cause hallucinations.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) means that breathing stops during sleep due to the collapse of the upper airway. This repeated airway collapse leads to apneas, arousals and low blood oxygen levels. OSA can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and driving accidents.
Restless leg syndrome is characterized by a strong urge to move your legs associated with crawling sensations in the legs. These uncontrolled movements can cause frequent arousals and disruption in your sleep.
About 10 percent of people who work outside the traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday experience difficulty sleeping when sleep is desired, needed or expected. Symptoms include excessive sleepiness when you need to be awake and insomnia when you need to sleep.