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Sleep Disorder Screening

Sleep is very important to even basic human functioning, and there is no one questionnaire or survey that has been shown to be superior to others. Some people have a sleep disorder that is not discernible by a survey, but sleep disorder testing is still paramount to diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, you must discuss sleep issues with your doctor if you suspect that you have a sleep disorder.

Basic Screenings for Sleep Disorders

Basic screenings look for obvious symptoms of a sleep disorder. Sometimes the most basic path to determine if someone has a sleep disorder is to simply ask their spouse! A spouse will immediately be able to tell the patient that they snore, stop breathing, sleepwalk, stay up all night, or sleep at odd hours of the day and night. Of course, a professional opinion in a clinical setting to substantiate the spouse’s claims are necessary in order to determine the best path of treatment.

Common tests include:


Screenings for Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Circadian Rhythm Disorders are sleep issues that are derived from unnatural sleep/wake patterns. It is actually a pretty common condition, especially among swing shift and third shift workers. These tests focus on what the patient’s body is naturally trying to do. For example, if you could set your own sleep schedule that feels most natural to you, what hours would that be? Or if you could wake up without an alarm clock, what time would that probably be for you?

Common tests include:

Screening for Athlete Sleep Disorders

Studies show that 25 percent of athletes suffer from significant sleep disorders, such as trouble falling asleep, snoring, sleep-disordered breathing, too little sleep, and dependence on sleep aids during their playing season. Sleep has long been proven to be a critical component of the body’s ability to recover from training, exertion, and injury, and to improve performance.

Common tests include:

Further Sleep Testing:

Polysomnography, otherwise known as a sleep study, is used to diagnose various sleep disorders. Two types of sleep studies are Home Sleep Tests and In-Lab Sleep Tests, and both have value for helping patients with sleep issues.

If you’re experiencing difficulty sleeping, excessive daytime drowsiness, or chronic snoring, schedule an appointment with one of our sleep experts today.