Sleep center in Miami, Florida

Getting enough sleep helps your body recover from illness and injury and offers mental health benefits as well. At the Mercy Hospital Sleep Laboratory, 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, to diagnose what is causing your sleep disorder and to help you rest better.

For more information on our sleep center or for a physician referral, please call (305) 285-2929.

Why is diagnosing sleep disorders important?

Sleep is essential to your physical and emotional health. More than 100 million Americans do not regularly get a good night’s sleep, and about 40 million report sleep-related disorders. At the Mercy Hospital Sleep Laboratory, we want to ensure that patients feel comfortable to address their sleep issues with our sleep doctors so they can get back to feeling rested.

What are the most common sleep disorders?

Further diagnosis and treatment of your disorder can greatly improve your quality of life. With a physician’s referral for treatment at our sleep laboratory, we can evaluate you for sleep disorders such as:

  • Insomnia: A persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
  • Snoring: A partial blockage of the upper airway shown to increase the risk of having heart attacks and/or a stroke (loud, heavy snoring can also be a symptom of a more serious disorder known as sleep apnea).
  • Sleep apnea: A life-threatening disorder that causes you to stop breathing periodically while sleeping.
  • Narcolepsy: A neurological illness that causes sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks and persistent daytime sleepiness.
  • Nocturnal myoclonus: A disorder that causes excessive movement of the legs during sleep, awakening the individual, also known as periodic limb movement disorder.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD): A gastrointestinal disorder caused when acid from the stomach "backs up" into the esophagus during the night, causing small awakenings.
  • Parasomnias: Abnormal and reoccurring nighttime behavior such as sleepwalking, night terrors or head banging.

When should I consult a physician about my sleep disorder?

Serious sleep problems usually present as symptoms you can identify at home. Ask yourself the following questions in order to determine whether you may need to consult your doctor for a referral to the Mercy Hospital Sleep Laboratory.

  • Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?
  • Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
  • Do you awaken frequently during the night?
  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Do you stop breathing during your sleep?
  • Do you suddenly awaken gasping for breath?
  • Do you get morning headaches?
  • Do you feel your body going limp when you are angry or surprised?
  • Do you experience vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening?
  • Do you experience leg pain during the night?
  • Do you kick and thrash while asleep?
  • Do you wake up with heartburn, coughing or wheezing?