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About Sleep Medicine

Sleep Medicine is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disturbances and disorders in adults and childrens.

The Sleep Medicine program at Lee Health offers a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric sleep disorders at three convenient locations. HealthPark Medical Center, home of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, offers the only dedicated pediatric sleep studies program between Tampa and Miami.

Sleep studies for children and adults are located at both Cape Coral Hospital (5 years and older) or at The Outpatient Center at Plantation (12 years and older).

Physician Referral is Required

Common Conditions Treated

Individuals suffering from the following conditions may be referred by their physician to the Sleep Disorder Center:

  • 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)

Lee Health's Sleep Medicine specialists provide diagnisis and treatment for a wide variety of sleep disorders, including:

Sleep Apnea

People who suffer sleep apnea stop breathing while they sleep. This can occur several hundred times a night. Because of sleep apnea, major organs are deprived of oxygen and can be seriously damaged over time. Blood pressure can soar between each breath and the heart may beat irregularly or even stop. A single apneic episode may last up to 90 seconds and is manifested in the following three ways:

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by very loud snoring and is intensified by chronic nasal congestion, enlarged tonsils or obesity. In addition, infants can experience obstructive sleep apnea because of physical problems present at birth.

Central sleep apnea occurs when air flow and chest wall movement stop because of lack of respiratory stimulus from the brain.

Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both. Some symptoms of sleep apnea are excessive snoring, high blood pressure, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue or poor school or job performance.

Infant Apnea

Sleep apnea has been targeted as a potential cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). For this reason, infants considered at risk for SIDS are recommended for clinical evaluation. Babies may also experience respiratory problems, which include central and/or obstructive sleep apnea, and/or esophageal reflux. If the sleep study reveals the need for home monitoring, parents can receive information on rental arrangements as well as home monitoring instruction through the hospital.

An adult family member is allowed to stay at the Sleep Disorders Center with pediatric patients during evaluation.


Insomnia is a symptom that can be caused by many factors such as psychological (chronic depression or temporary stress), environmental (noise) or physiological (chronic breathing disorder or temporary pain) conditions. Another common cause of insomnia is misuse and overuse of sleeping pills.

Sleep-Wake Disorders

When the regular pattern of sleeping or waking is disrupted, some individuals find that it is difficult to resume a sleep-wake schedule that fits their needs. This may be caused by shift work or other changes in schedule. Some complaints of insomnia or daytime sleepiness may be due to undiscovered changes in the sleep-wake rhythm

Nocturnal Myoclonus

People who have nocturnal myoclonus (periodic leg movements or muscle spasms) during sleep may not get proper rest, causing insomnia or excessive sleepiness.


Individuals who are too sleepy during the day and feel muscular weakness when they are angry, surprised or amused may have narcolepsy. Sometimes narcoleptics experience dreams or hallucinations just as they fall asleep. Narcolepsy often emerges in adolescence and is a lifelong disorder.

Multiple-Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is a series of 20-minute naps given every two hours the day following the sleep study, if indicated, to confirm the diagnosis.

Oxygenation Problems

When people have chronic breathing problems or lung disease, their symptoms often worsen during sleep. Complete evaluation of such respiratory diseases sometimes requires measurement of blood oxygenation during sleep.

Esophageal Reflux

In conjunction with the routine overnight sleep study, patients (predominately children) may also have esophageal pH monitored for esophageal reflux determinations.


The Lee Health pulmonologists focus on the respiratory system, including the lungs and the bronchial tubes. Many pulmonologists are also sleep medicine and critical care specialists.


The Lee Health neurologists provide specialized care for a wide range of diseases and conditions affecting the brain and nervous system.

Call us today to find out more information about your treatment options, to schedule a consultation or to make an appointment. Our phone number is 239-343-0762.

Physician referral is required either by phone or written order before evaluation at Lee Health’s Sleep Disorders Center. If you do not have a physician, you can call Lee Physician Group at 239-481-4111.

Sleep Medicine
  • Outpatient Center at Plantation
  • 13601 Plantation Road
  • Fort Myers, FL 33912
Mon - Fri : 8am - 4pm
outpatient center at plantation
  • Phone: 239-343-0762
  • Fax: 239-343-0958
HealthPark Medical Center
  • 9981 S. HealthPark Drive
  • Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • (Located at Summerlin and Bass Road)
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
HealthPark Medical Center
  • Phone: 239-343-5000
Cape Coral Hospital
  • 636 Del Prado Blvd.
  • Cape Coral, FL 33990
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
cape coral hospital
  • Phone: 239-424-2000

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