Sleep doctors in St. Petersburg, Florida

At St. Petersburg General Hospital, we understand the seriousness of a sleep disorder and how it can affect your life. Our sleep center provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, called sleep studies. These studies help us diagnose the cause of your sleep disorder so you can rest better.

For more information on our sleep center, contact our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 741-5122.

Why sleep disorder testing is important

Sleep is essential to your physical and emotional health. If you have trouble falling asleep, staying awake or sleeping through the night, you may have a sleep disorder. If not treated, a sleep disorder can lead to chronic fatigue, disorientation and the inability to accomplish everyday tasks.

When should I consult a sleep doctor

Serious sleep problems usually present as symptoms you can identify at home.

Complete the quiz below to determine whether you should consult your doctor for a referral to our sleep center. Use the numbers in the first chart to determine the likelihood of falling asleep during the situations listed in the second chart.

Likelihood Explanation
0 Would never doze
1 Slight chance of dozing
2 Moderate chance of dozing
3 High chance of dozing
# Situations Chance of Dozing
1 Sitting and reading 0 1 2 3
2 Watching TV 0 1 2 3
3 Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g., a theater or a meeting) 0 1 2 3
4 As a passenger riding in a car for an hour 0 1 2 3
5 Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit 0 1 2 3
6 Sitting and talking to someone 0 1 2 3
7 Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol 0 1 2 3
8 In a car stopped a few minutes in traffic 0 1 2 3

Add all of the numbers in your responses to find your total score. If your score is nine or higher, you should see your primary physician or a sleep specialist for a full evaluation.

Common sleep disorders

With a physician's referral to our sleep laboratory, we can evaluate you for a sleep disorder. Proper diagnosis and treatment can improve your quality of life significantly.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea stop and start breathing several times while asleep. This may occur several hundred times a night, with each occurrence lasting several seconds. This condition can cause heavy snoring, morning headaches, sore throat or daytime drowsiness. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea may result in an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart failure, lung disease and/or impotence.

Insomnia

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep. It may be caused by psychological factors, such as depression or stress, sleep apnea syndrome, muscle twitches during sleep or physical pain. Environmental factors such as lifestyle and personal crises may also result in insomnia.

Periodic leg movement syndrome

Periodic leg movement syndrome involves leg muscle twitches that usually occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. This condition leaves the patient feeling restless during the night or excessively tired and sleepy during the day. It can often lead to insomnia.

Narcolepsy

A person with narcolepsy falls asleep involuntarily at different times throughout the day. He or she may fall asleep while driving, eating or talking. A person with narcolepsy may lose muscle control during an emotional experience, such as crying or laughing. Narcolepsy can cause frustration and can lead to life-threatening situations.