Experts estimate that one out of every three people suffer from some form of a sleep disorder. Many of these people suffer needlessly simply because they are unaware that a problem exists.

Forty to fifty million Americans suffer from a life altering and treatable sleep disorder. These include sleep apnea, narcolepsy and various forms of insomnia. Worldwide, the number of affected people suffering from a sleep disorder rises to hundreds of millions.

Sleep disorders adversely affect people's lives, both personally and professionally, and result in reduced productivity, reduced quality of life, reduced ability to interact with people, and increased incidence of health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and increased incidence of accidents, including driving accidents. As a group, people with untreated obstructive sleep apnea do not live as long as people without sleep apnea or with treated sleep apnea.

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Sleep-Wake Disorders Center of Miami, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of those affected with sleep disorders by providing superior, compassionate and personalized care.

The main goals of this site are to provide people access to information about sleep disorders and to allow them to test the quality of their sleep. In addition, questions can be emailed to our health care professionals, who can then help guide an individual along the proper path to solve the problems. We believe that through awareness and working together, we will significantly improve the health of the community we serve.

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The main testing tool for sleep disorders is called a polysomnogram (or sleep study). This is used mainly to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, but can also be used to diagnose narcolepsy and nocturnal myoclonous (periodic contractions of the muscles of the limbs during sleep that can disrupt the sleep). Once the study is collected by the sleep technician, it is interpreted by a sleep physician, and the information used to assist your physicians in treating the condition.

The American Sleep Disorders Association has created guidelines that can be helpful in alleviating all types of sleep disorders.

Robert B. Schader, MD, FCCP
President, Medical Director, C.E.O.
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