Sleep Disorders Center

Tampa General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center is the first in the country to receive both accreditation by the American Academies of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and disease specific certification by The Joint Commission.This center provides evaluation and follow-up care for children and adults with a variety of sleep-related disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia.


In order to better evaluate patients’ sleep patterns and help physicians determine the best treatment options, the Sleep Disorders Center offers a polysomnogram, a test that measures bodily functions during sleep through the use of electrodes. Measurements taken include:

  • Brain waves
  • Heartbeats
  • Eye movements
  • Chin movements
  • Leg movements
  • Breathing
  • Blood oxygen levels

Other bodily functions may be recorded to answer special questions about such things as chest pains and health issues. Video monitoring may also be used.


Once patients’ results are reviewed by one or our licensed sleep technologists or respiratory therapists, a summary is sent to one of our Board Certified Sleep Physicians. Once completed, a diagnosis and recommended treatment is sent to the patient’s primary care physician or the physician who ordered the study.

Common Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea : A condition in which breathing stops or gets very shallow during sleep. Each pause in breathing typically lasts 10 to 20 seconds or more and can occur 20 to 30 times or more an hour.

Insomnia : A chronic inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for an adequate length of time.

Narcolepsy : A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.

Obstructive sleep apnea : A form of sleep apnea that is caused by the obstruction of the upper airway by weak or malformed pharyngeal tissues. It occurs especially in obese, middle-aged and elderly men and results in an insufficient amount of oxygen in the blood, as well as chronic drowsiness during the day. It is also often called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

Parasomnias : Any of several disorders that frequently interfere with sleep, occurring especially among children and includes sleepwalking, night terrors, and bed-wetting.