Sleep Medicine

During sleep, our bodies work to support healthy brain function and maintain our physical health. Many of us don’t give ourselves the proper amount of sleep or place the right amount of importance on it. And our modern world makes sleep even harder with stress, anxiety, and addiction to electronics -- all of which may lead to widespread insomnia. Getting enough sleep helps protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

Nutrition, exercise, stress relief, and lifestyle changes promote relaxation and balance – which leads to better sleep. With our help, you will learn to identify everyday factors and behaviors that keep you from getting the right amount of rest.


Some quick sleep tips:

  • Adults working eight hours a day should get eight hours of sleep.
  • People in their 70s should get 7 hours of sleep. Remember: a nap during the day is normal.

For children:

  • A 12-month-old should get 11+1, which is 11 hours of sleep overnight, plus a 1-hour nap during the day.
  • A 10-year-old should get 10 hours of sleep overnight.
  • High-schoolers should get 9 hours of sleep.

Sleep Medicine services

Training and education fix bad habits, and our Sleep Medicine program diagnoses and treats adults and pediatric sleep disorders at three convenient locations. HealthPark Medical Center offers the only dedicated pediatric sleep studies program between Tampa and Miami. Sleep studies for children and adults also take place at both Cape Coral Hospital (5 years and older) or The Outpatient Center at Plantation (12 years and older).

A physician’s referral is required.


  • Sleep diagnostics
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • CPAP Clinic
  • PAP desensitization sessions

Common Conditions Treated

Do you have one of these conditions? Your physician may refer you to the Sleep Medicine program:

  • Sleep apnea (cessation of breathing during sleep)
  • Infants with possible apnea
  • Infants at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Inability to initiate and maintain sleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive snoring
  • Oxygenation or chronic breathing problems
  • Esophageal Reflux (pediatric, adult)
  • Narcolepsy (sudden, uncontrollable sleep)

Additional Resources

  • Amethyst Mat
  • Meditation
  • Essential Oils
  • Massage Therapy
  • Lifestyle Coaching
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mind & Body Program
  • Education/Lectures

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Lifestyle Medicine Approaches to Sleep

Lee Health sleep medicine Dr. Jose Colon says it’s one of the first things he checks when a patient complains of sleep problems. “Nutritional deficiencies can cause issues with insomnia and restless legs,” he said.