Sleep disorders involve any difficulties related to sleeping, including excessive daytime sleepiness (falling asleep at inappropriate times), insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep), or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep. One of the most common sleep disorders is obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is characterized by episodes where a person’s breathing stops while sleeping. In normal conditions, the muscles of the upper part of the throat keep this passage open to allow air to flow into the lungs. These muscles usually relax during sleep, but the passage remains open enough to permit the flow of air. Some individuals have a narrower passage, and during sleep, relaxation of these muscles causes the passage to close, and air cannot get into the lungs. Fortunately, after a variable amount of time, a brief awakening occurs and the throat reopens. The process can occur from a few to over 500 times per night. The frequent brief awakenings (usually not remembered) cause daytime sleepiness.. Sleep apnea can also cause or worsen elevated blood pressure or some forms of heart failure.
- The UF Health Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). It is the only accredited AASM center in North Central Florida.
- The 12-bed sleep disorders center, located at Magnolia Parke, operates seven nights per week and features state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. The center interacts with a variety of physicians, including adult and pediatric pulmonologists, neurologists, dentists, surgeons and sleep psychologists to diagnose and treat sleep disorders in adults and children.
How to make an Appointment:
- New and Return Patient Appointments and Sleep Studies: 352.265.5240
- Dr. Richard Berry, MD, DABSM. Director Sleep program (University and VA)
- Dr. Scott Ryals, MD
- Marie Dibra, MD
The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine’s Dr. Scott Ryals was featured in a WCJB-TV20 patient story surrounding the importance of good rest. Dr. Ryals discussed healthy sleep habits and updates on the latest sleep medicine treatments. To watch the full interview, please visit: http://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Medical-Spotlight-The-importance-of-good-rest-434092093.html