Polysomnography: Sleep Well With A Little Help From FLASS

Polysomnography refers to medical tests that reveal the truth about your sleep habits and conditions.  “Sleep is the best medication,” are the words of the Dali Lama.  In this week’s blog, the FLASS doctors and healthcare professionals remind you that a good night’s sleep is as important as good nutrition and exercise.  We can’t quite agree with the opening quotation that it is the best medication in all cases, but it is deeply restorative and healing.

Polysomnography tests for sleep disorders.
Polysomnography maps your sleep patterns.

To get a good night’s sleep, you must breathe well.  This is the reason your primary care doctor might send you to a pulmonologist.  Sleep disorders can steal your breath and your good night’s sleep.

If you have sleep-related difficulties, the first step of treatment will be a sleep study.  With the results from it, your doctor can diagnose your sleep disorder or breathing difficulty.  Likewise, we might be able to begin gentle treatment during your session.

How Polysomnography Changes Your Behavior and Your Life

Medically termed polysomnography, a sleep study causes no pain.  Discover the step by step details of your gentle, non-invasive sleep test at our special FLASS page.  Dr. Fortune Alabi, who is a board certified sleep specialist, personally invites you to tour any of our comfy, state-of-the-art Sleep Laboratories located in Celebration, Orlando, Poinciana and Lake Wales. Our bedrooms look like a cozy hotel room, and our monitoring equipment represents first class medicine at its best.

When you arrive for your polysomnography, you will meet our warm and welcoming technicians.  We promise you will simply and naturally sleep while we do all the work.  At the FLASS sleep center, you will snooze while our skilled polysomnography technicians record medical data and behavior such as:

1. Your brain waves,
2. Heart rate and breathing,
3. And the oxygen level in your blood.
4. Likewise, we observe and record movements of your eyes and legs during your sleep cycle.

Polysomnography:  Why You Might Need a Sleep Study

Like all medical issues, sleep disorders are revealed in signs and symptoms.  Your healthcare provider will most certainly recommend polysomnography if he or she suspects you have any of these red flags:

  • Breathing that starts and intermittently stops while you sleep…(Sleep apnea) 

    With polysomnography, you take your first steps in treatment for sleep disorders.
    Polysomnography reveals sleep disorders.
  • Involuntary flexing and extending your legs during sleep…(Restless Leg Syndrome or Periodic Limb Movement Disorder.)
  • The acting out of dreams during your sleep period…(REM sleep behavior disorder.) 
  • Sleeping attacks that hit you quickly and overwhelmingly or extreme daytime drowsiness…(Narcolepsy)
  • You walk or move around a lot in your sleep…(Unusual Behaviors)
  • You have trouble when you try to fall asleep.
  • You have a problem staying in the sleep zone once you get there…(Unexplained Chronic Insomnia)
    Needless to say, getting a good night’s sleep can enrich your efficiency at work and enhance your enjoyment of life.  Dr. Alabi also explains that the health care providers and sleep technicians at FLASS might utilize the results of these polysomnography tests to simply fine-tune your treatments if your doctor has already diagnosed your sleep disorder.

Amazing Sleep Facts For the Drowsy 21st Century

On the FLASS blog, sleep studies will be our feature topic for September.  We spend so much of our lives doing this activity, but it is remarkable how little the general public knows about it.  Plus, our entire culture has some sleep issues.  Let’s take a look at some amazing facts concerning this refreshing, revitalizing, reinvigorating function.

  1. Many of us feel we must have coffee, cocoa, tea, cola, or a caffeinated drug to get through our day.  Caffeine has the infamous honor of being named  “the most popular drug in the world.”  FLASS asks this question: Would so many Americans need so much caffeine if we got enough sleep?  Sleep deprivation is a self-inflicted issue of epidemic proportions.
  2. How much sleep should you need?  Experts tell us, “In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night.  However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.
  3. Did you know human beings have a natural time when energy sags?  It is totally normal for our energy to drop at about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

If You Have A Sleep Disorder, You Are Not Alone

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, please do not hesitates to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider.  At FLASS, we are seeing more and more patients with sleep disorders.  Did you know that nearly 75 percent of American adults actually experience some type of sleep disorder symptoms a few nights a week?  Moreover, the Cleveland Clinic estimates that 25 to 30 percent of our infants and children also experience some form of sleep disturbances.”

Take A Proactive Approach To Conquering Sleep Problems

At FLASS we take the time to listen to your sleep issues. Here we pride ourselves on careful, compassionate, committed communication.  We invite you to experience the difference a good night’s sleep can make in your life.

Polysomnography helps dctors diagnose sleep disorders.
Sleep like a baby after polysomnography.

FLASS can bring you a better night’s sleep, better breath, better focus and a better life.  The Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists await you in our four convenient Central Florida locations, where we are dedicated to curing America’s sleep disorders one sleepy eyelid at a time.

Suspect Sleep Disorder? 

At FLASS we take the time to listen to your sleep issues.  That is basic to our patient communication philosophy.  We find it shocking that in a recent survey, “Six in ten healthcare professionals do not feel that they have enough time to have a discussion with their patients about insomnia during regular office visits.”  You’ll never have that problem at FLASS.

We invite you to experience the difference a good night sleep can make in your life.

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