Sleep Center
Sleep is an integral element for a happy, healthy life. However, sleep is often overlooked in our tech driven world. It seems like there is never enough time in the day or we just never have the energy we need to get everything accomplished. SIMED Sleep Center is designed to assist our physicians by providing diagnostic testing related to sleep disorders. By properly diagnosing sleep related issues patients have reported improved health and a more active lifestyle.

Sleep Disorders
Seventy million people suffer from chronic, severe sleep disorders in the United States alone. That means nearly one of every four Americans has a sleep problem. If you have any issues related to sleep whether due to non-restorative sleep, sleeping too much, excessive daytime sleepiness (falling asleep at inappropriate times), difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep, it could be a sign that you have a sleep disorder.

Treatment Options
The key to successfully treating a sleep disorder is an accurate diagnosis. There are over 100 different sleep disorders, and each of those has a different treatment approach. For some disorders, there are several choices available, so it is important you discuss the options with your physician and develop a treatment plan.
Some common sleep disorders include:
  • Snoring and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (commonly known as Sleep Apnea)
  • Insomnia
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders (for shift workers)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome/Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy/Other Hyperinsomnias (Excessive Sleep)
  • Nighttime Sleep Behaviors/Parasomnia (Nightmares, Sleep Walking, Bed Wetting)

SIMED Sleep Center Celebrates Reaccreditation
May 1, 2015
National Sleep Awareness Week is underway (March 2-8), and there’s no better time for the SIMED Sleep Center to announce that it has formally received its second 5-year Accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  This is the result of a thorough process including review of physician and technologist credentials, quality of our diagnostic studies and care of the patient during their stay.

SIMED Sleep Center is also now fully accredited for home testing.  This is an “express” version of the overnight sleep studySIMED Health | Sleep Medicine in which some, but not all, measures are taken to screen patients and determine if future testing and treatment is needed. Under the direction of Galina Bogorodskaya, MD and a core of board certified sleep physicians representing Neurology, Pulmonology and Internal Medicine, SIMED Sleep Center performs diagnostic testing to uncover such diverse ailments as sleep apnea, insomnia, incomplete REM sleep and other parasomnias including talking, walking and getting up to eat or use the restroom.

Medical journals and popular magazines like Men’s Health recently stepped forward to remind physicians and patients alike that untreated sleep disorders can worsen blood pressure, heart ailments, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

We test and care for patients upon referrals from physicians throughout the community as well as those whose employment entails a need to be alert and awake. SIMED Sleep Center teams up with First Care and several local trucking/transportation companies to test and treat professional drivers who move freight, both locally and on the interstate.

For more information on SIMED Sleep Center, visit our page or call Van Simmons, Division Manager at (351) 224-2338.
Are you getting a good night sleep?
August 11, 2014

Health professionals understand the benefits of having a good night's sleep and what it can do for your overall health. They also understand the risk factors of not having a restful sleep and the implications it can have. Conditions such as Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Restless Legs and Sleep Deprivation can have a huge impact on our daily lives. Our Sleep Medicine physicians can provide sleep studies at our Sleep Center  to help diagnose and treat these conditions.

SIMED Primary Care and Sleep Medicine SIMED Primary Care physician Larrisa Lim, MD is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has a subspecialty in Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Lim gives us some insight on one of these terrible sleep disorders “Insomnia” and some helpful tips on what we can do to get a better quality sleep at night.

Insomnia affects 30% of adults in the United States.  It is defined as difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep, awakening too early or chronically poor quality or non-restorative sleep.  Risk factors include advancing age, female gender, and psychiatric disorders such as depression.  Medications often used to treat insomnia include benzodiazepenes like Ativan, non-benzodiazepene receptor agonists like Ambien, and melatonin agonists like Rozerem.  Over-the-counter anti-histamines like Benadryl are also used but have lots of side effects like dry mouth, urinary retention, and constipation. 
Improving sleep hygiene can help insomnia.  Here are some good "sleep hygiene" tips:

  • Have the same bedtime and wake up time every day.
  • Avoid caffiene after lunch
  • Sleep in a quiet, dark and cool room
  • Try to sleep 7-8 hours a night.
  • Minimize fluids after 7:00pm
  • Do not sleep with pets
  • Do not keep the TV on while sleeping
  • Avoid smoking
  • Keep a sleep journal if worries keep you awake at night. 
  • Avoid napping during the day.
  • Exercise regularly for at least 20 minutes daily at least 4-5 hours before bedtime. 
Sleep is vitally important to overall health and a good night’s sleep will give you the energy to have a productive day. Talk to your physician to see if a sleep study might be the right thing for you.

If you believe that you would benefit from a sleep study or from our Sleep Medicine division please call (352) 224-2338 or click here for an Online Appointment Request.


What You Can Expect at Your Overnight Sleep Study?
What should I bring?
  • Please bring and wear a two-piece pajama set during your stay at the Sleep Center. You will have equipment and sensors attached to your body; this will make it easier when your tech sets you up for your study. Of course, nudity is not permitted.
  • Please leave all valuables at home.
  • You may bring something to read or even your favorite DVD movie to watch prior to bedtime.
  • Limited family members (1-2) are welcome to accompany you until your bedtime (Recliners are available for special circumstances).
  • Please bring personal toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, comb/brush, shampoo, etc.) as well as a change of clean clothes for the next day. Southeastern Sleep Center provides towels and bedding (but not toiletries). A shower/master bath is also provided for your comfort.
  • Please feel free to bring a special pillow, stuffed animal, or white noise device if desired.
  • Please do not bring animals, unless it is medically authorized such as service pets, etc.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications that you are taking, as well as any medications that you may take in the evening. We ask that you bring only what is needed for one night's stay. Remember: Southeastern Sleep Center does not dispense medications.
  • Please remember to bring your id, insurance card and your copayment. More than likely, you will already know the portion that is expected.
Are meals provided?
Southeastern Sleep Center is an outpatient facility. Meals are not provided. Please be sure to eat dinner prior to arrival. If you choose, feel free to bring your meal with you to the lab. Sometimes, it is important to simulate the same sleep habits you have at home. Please be advised that some food deliveries are acceptable at the Sleep Lab; ask your Sleep Tech for assistance on this matter.

What happens when you arrive?
A Sleep Technologist will greet you around 7:45 pm in the waiting area of the Sleep Center and will show you to your room. If you need to cancel your overnight, sleep appointment, we ask that you give 24 hours notice. Please call (352) 224-2338 if you need to reschedule. Once you are settled, there will be some paperwork to complete.

You will then be asked to change into your bedclothes and your technologist will apply electrodes and sensors throughout different parts of your body. This is a good time to ask any questions that you may have.

What happens during the sleep study?
You may go to sleep at your normal bedtime within the guidelines of the type of study you are having. During the sleep study, your sleep patterns will be observed, and a polysomnographic technologist will be available to assist you as needed during the entire recording process.

What will happen in the morning?
Most patients are woken up 6 a.m., unless a later or earlier wake up time is required. Once all of your equipment is removed, we recommend taking a shower to remove any of the colloidal materials from your body that are used to make sure the equipment sticks. Feel free to go about your usual normal routine as you would at home. Some patients come spend the night at the Sleep Center and then go about their usual day after the study.

What is the purpose of being hooked up to all of these devices?
Interrupted sleep affects many daytime activities and may pinpoint some medical problems which may pose a risk to your basic health. Sleep studies are performed to obtain objective information about the quality of your sleep to best define your sleep problem.

Will I sleep hooked up to all of these machines?
Believe it or not, most of our patients report sleeping well. Sensors are positioned in areas which allow you to turn and move as you normally would during sleep. Most people aren't even aware they are wearing the recording devices once they get settled in. The Sleep Center team makes the environment as comfortable as possible. Please remember that your sleep study does not measure your performance as a "sleeper", but rather a recording of your true sleep patterns.


Who We Are

Anthony Ackerman, MD
Location
Gainesville

Medical School
Michigan State University, Michigan

Residency
Neurology, University of Iowa, Iowa

Fellowship
Sleep Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa

Certifications & Training
Ph.D. Zoology, Michigan State University, Michigan

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Sleep Medicine




Galina Bogorodskaya, MD
Location
Gainesville

Medical School
Leningrad Pediatric Medical Institute, Russia

Residency
Neurology, University of Florida, Florida
Internal Medicine, University of Louisville, Kentucky

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Sleep Medicine

Languages Spoken other than English
Russian



Jorge Camacho, MD
Location
Gainesville

Medical School
Universidad Catolica, Guayaquil, Ecadaor

Internship
Internal Medicine, University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and Veterans Administration Hospital, Miami, Florida

Residency
Internal Medicine, University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and Veterans Administration Hospital, Miami, Florida

Fellowship
Pulmonary and Critical Care, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine - Critical Care
American Board of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Medicine
American Board of Sleep Medicine

Languages Spoken other than English
Spanish



Larissa Lim, MD
Location
Gainesville

Medical School
University of Florida, Florida

Residency
Internal Medicine, University of Florida, Florida

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
National Board of Medical Examiners




Joseph Tonner, MD
Location
Gainesville

Medical School
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana

Internship
Internal Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Residency
Internal Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Fellowship
Pulmonary Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Pulmonary Medicine



Kraiyuth Vongxaiburana, MD
Location
Gainesville

Medical School
West Virginia University, West Virginia

Internship
Internal Medicine, West Virginia University, West Virginia

Residency
Neurology, University of Florida, Florida

Fellowship
Clinical Neurophysiology with Emphasis in EMG, University of Florida, Florida

Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Sleep Medicine



 
Directions/Contact Info
Gainesville Location
4881 NW 8th Avenue
Suite 2
Gainesville, FL 32605
Main Office: (352) 224-2338
Fax: (352) 224-1899
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Overnight Sleep Testing
Sunday - Friday evenings
 
Directions to Our Sleep Center
Take Newberry Road EAST approximately 2 miles to 43rd Street. At the intersection (light) make a left onto 43rd Street.  At the next light (8th Avenue) take another left.  You will be heading West on 8th Avenue.

The 4881 Building is approximately 1/4 mile on the left.

 


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