The most common symptoms of sleep disorders include:
Sleep apnea, a more serious condition, is manifested with distinct symptoms which include snoring, gasping, choking, and pauses in breathing during sleep.
Diagnosis of sleep disorders
Patients experiencing poor quality and un-refreshing sleep, or those who have unusual difficulty remaining awake, are first evaluated by a Sleep Disorders Program sleep consultant. This initial assessment helps determine the next steps in diagnosing and treating the patient.
Patients are often diagnosed after program caregivers conduct a polysomnogram (a sleep test) that involves monitoring several of the patient’s body functions while asleep, including:
Sleep studies use a variety of specialized testing technologies, including the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) and the maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT), which help to establish reasons for profound sleepiness by measuring how long the patient stays awake under quiet conditions. Overnight or daytime sleep studies may need to be repeated several times to make an accurate diagnosis.
Treatment of sleep disorders
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Program team is composed of physicians from the Neurological Institute and the Respiratory & Critical Care Institute. In addition, the team is supported by other caregivers, including otolaryngologists, dentists, bariatric surgeons, nutritionists, and psychiatrists.
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