Sleep Disorders Center

Sleep Disorders Center

Helping You Rest Easier

Sleep is an often undervalued but precious commodity. Without the proper amount of sleep, your health, as well as your ability to function at work and at home, can be severely compromised. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), as many as 65 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder.

Many of us take a good night's sleep for granted, but for those who have one of the more than 84 sleep disorders, real rest is the exception and not the rule. There is help available. Our qualified staff will use diagnostic tests to assess the amount and type of sleep a person gets and use the physical parameters to determine what is actually interrupting their sleep.

Thieves In The Night

Approximately 84 types of sleep disorders exist, according to the AASM. These conditions can lead to compromised work performance, loss of concentration, accidents, mood swings, restless nights and other medical problems. This page highlights some of the most common disorders treated at our Sleep Disorders Center:

Sleep Apnea. This disorder is characterized by periods of interrupted breathing (apneas), sometimes several hundred times per night. This disorder may be caused by a blockage of the airway or a malfunction in the part of the brain that controls breathing during sleep. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include apneas, loud snoring, morning headaches, high blood pressure, excessive daytime sleepiness/tiredness, dryness of the mouth upon awakening and personality and mood changes.

Insomnia. People suffering from this condition experience difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. Insomnia can have a variety of causes, including stress, depression, caffeine, alcohol and poor sleep hygiene.

Periodic Movement of Sleep. This condition is characterized by a creeping-crawling sensation in the calves that occurs when sitting or lying still, particularly at bedtime. The repetitive contraction of the leg muscles disturbs sleep. The perpetual urge to stretch or move in order to thwart this sensation can interfere with proper rest. 

Narcolepsy. This condition causes sudden, uncontrollable "sleep attacks." These attacks may come at any time, even while working, driving, talking or eating. Symptoms may also include excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis upon awakening and sudden muscle weakness during emotional situations or cataplexy.

Parasomnias. This term refers to a group of behaviors or experiences that occur only, or most often, during sleep. Examples include sleep walking, night terrors, nightmares, bed-wetting and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder or "acting out" dreams.


Depending on the diagnosis, your physician may recommend one or more of the following treatments: CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure; positional therapy; sleep hygiene education; medication; counseling; light therapy; dental appliances; laser surgery or somnoplasty, which is the reduction of tissue using sound waves. An overnight study in one of our private, homelike bedroom settings may be recommended. A sleep technologist attaches electrodes to the skin which allows the technologist to monitor a number of body functions including eye and body movements, heart rate, brain activity, oxygen levels and breathing. In an adjoining room, these functions are monitored onscreen and an infrared camera and microphone allow visual and sound observation as well. When the study is complete, our sleep medicine physician will interpret the results and discuss them with you.

At the Sleep Disorders Center at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, our certified sleep medicine specialists can help pinpoint the cause of your sleep disorder and recommend treatment to help you rest easier. Most procedures are covered by Medicare and/or supplemental and private insurance.

The Sleep Disorders Center is located at 25097 East Olympia Avenue in Punta Gorda. Call 941-205-2150 for more information or to set up a tour of our state-of-the-art facility.