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Sleep studies
     
           
   

A sleep study helps us evaluate how you sleep. It is simple and stress-free for you -- all you have to do is sleep! By staying overnight at one of our six Orlando sleep centers, Doctors Bird and Thornton can more accurately diagnose and treat any sleep problems you may have.

What it does

A sleep study (also called a polysomnogram) is a test that records your physical state during various stages of sleep and wakefulness. It provides data that are essential in evaluating sleep and sleep-related complaints, such as identifying sleep stages, body position, blood oxygen levels, respiratory events, muscle tone, heart rate, amount of snoring and general sleep behavior.

 

 

A polysomnogram recording

 
   

What it's like doing a sleep study

Most of our sleep studies take place at night. In a typical sleep study, you'll arrive at one of our six Orlando locations at around 7:30 pm. (If you have a sleep study scheduled, see our web page "What to bring to your sleep study" for more details.)

If you haven't done so already, you may be asked to fill out a questionnaire. Next, you will view a brief video that shows you what to expect during the study.

Then you'll go to your private bedroom and change into your sleepwear. Electrodes will be placed on your skin, in order to record brain and muscle activity. A microphone will record snoring, and straps around the chest and abdomen will monitor your breathing muscle movement. Pressure transducers at the level of your nose and mouth will record airflow. Despite all of the equipment, most people say it doesn't disrupt their sleep.

When everything is adjusted properly, you can read, watch TV ... or turn out the lights and go to sleep. (Many of our patients are so chronically tired that they have no problem falling asleep immediately.) At 11:00, any lights still on are turned off. Our objective is for you to have six hours of monitored sleep.

You will be awakened between 5 and 6 am, and the electrodes will be removed. You may be asked to complete a survey concerning your sleep experience. You will be given a sheet describing how you will be contacted with the results. (It varies depending on which doctor interprets your sleep study.) Finally, you can take a shower, get dressed, and then go off to home or work.

 

 

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Florida Hospital Main Campus

Each of our six locations has a different "feel". Two of the locations are shown above (click to enlarge images).

 

 
   

Doing a second sleep study, for a CPAP trial

Many of our sleep studies show that patients will benefit from a CPAP breathing-assist device. About half of the time, we are able to perform a CPAP trial during the first night's study. (If this is not the case, you will be asked back for a second sleep study.) You will be fitted with a CPAP device and monitored through the night to ensure the settings are best for your medical needs.
 

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A CPAP helps you get a good night's sleep, by ensuring your throat remains open and your breathing is not interrupted.
 

 
           
           
   

NOTE: Sleep health information discussed at this website is for educational purposes. Each
            individual is different and may have varying symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
      
     If you are having sleep health problems, obtain professional medical advice.

2006-2014, Morris T. Bird, M.D. and Robert S. Thornton, M.D., Medical Directors of the
Center for Sleep Disorders at Florida Hospital, (407) 646-7466

Solving sleep problems, snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia and other sleeping issues in Central Florida.
With
six sleep centers at Florida Hospital locations:
   Orlando Main Campus, East Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Winter Park and Apopka