HOW WE CAN HELP

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YOUR CONSULTATION 

Your first consultation will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The consultant will ask you questions to help understand the nature of the sleep problem and may undertake an examination of the airway using a flexible camera through the nose. 
Your consultant will discuss with you the most appropriate sleep study required. 
The consultation letter is posted to you and may be sent via secure email.

YOUR SLEEP STUDY

Once you have booked your sleep study, a confirmation of your appointment will be sent to you via secure email. 
Specialist sleep technicians will go through the set-up for the sleep study. They will also let you know when you should return the equipment for analysis.

YOUR TREATMENT

A follow- up appointment with the consultant will be made to discuss the results of the sleep study and any treatment options available.

 

SLEEP DIAGNOSIS

AMBULATORY SLEEP STUDY

The sleep study includes heart rate monitoring, oxygen saturation monitoring and assessment of breathing effort. The equipment is portable, and the study can be performed at home.  
This type of study is useful for diagnosing breathing conditions such as snoring, Upper Airways Resistance Syndrome and Sleep Apnoea.

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POLYSOMNOGRAPHY

This is the gold standard sleep study. We will assess your sleep quality and actual sleep time as well as leg movements, abnormal behaviours and breathing during the night. It is performed in the hospital overnight and will be monitored remotely by a sleep technician or nurse. This sleep study is used to diagnose more complex sleep conditions such as parasomnia and narcolepsy. The sleep study may need to be continued into the daytime to objectively assess the level of daytime sleepiness experienced, or to diagnose narcolepsy.

ACTIGRAPHY

This sleep study is often used in conjunction with the sleep diary. It will assess sleep patterns over a longer period of time e.g. two weeks. Sleep rhythm disorders may be diagnosed using this method.

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BLOOD TESTS

In some conditions blood tests may be necessary to identify the underlying cause. For example; a low thyroid hormone level may cause worsening of obstructive sleep apnoea, or a low iron level can cause restless leg syndrome.  
Your doctor will discuss blood tests with you during your consultation.