Sleep Medicine

The University of Florida

Department of Psychiatry Sleep Disorders Program

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The Sleep Disorders Program is located on the 4th floor of the UF Health Springhill Building on NW 39th Ave:

4037 NW 86th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32606

Medical Director: Khurshid A. Khurshid


The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is an important biological function. It is vital for healthy functioning.  It impacts our ability to perform in many aspects of life.  Sleep plays an important role in health maintenance and disease prevention. Sleep disruption from any cause affects all aspects of our health. Insufficient sleep can leave one with impaired attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. Lack of sleep reduces one’s productivity and efficiency during waking hours. Recent research suggests that a healthy sleep pattern is important through the night, allowing the brain to consolidate experiences during the day. If we don’t get enough sleep, we will not remember what we learned and experienced during the day. Untreated sleep disorders lead to medical and psychiatric comorbidities and add to mortality and morbidity.

Sleep supports many important biological processes including immune system, nervous system and endocrine system.  Sleep is essential to defense, repair and growth mechanisms.

Diagnosis and Therapy of Sleep Disturbances and Disorders

Commonly Treated Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep Apnea and Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome / Periodic Limp Movement Disorder
  • Parasomnias (nightmares/sleep walking)


Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively. Treatment can have a positive impact that translates into all aspects of health.  Each treatment plan is customized to fit the nature of the condition assessed through a comprehensive evaluation process.  If you feel like you are someone you love may be suffering from a sleep disorder and would like to schedule a consultation please call 352-33-SLEEP.

Risks Involved with Sleep Disorders and Chronic Sleep Disturbances

Many people do not know the importance of healthy sleep. More and more people  are sleep deprived due to multiple reasons that include unhealthy lifestyle, stress and sleep disorders. Most people do not know the warning signs and negative consequences of untreated sleep disorders.

Untreated sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea can cause or worsen depressive symptoms. Insomnia can be a symptom, cause or associated condition in a patient with depression and anxiety. Sleep disorders and chronic sleep deprivation lead to increased risk of :

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction

 For an appointment or more information please call 352-33-SLEEP(75337)