Pulmonary Sleep Medicine
Pulmonary Sleep Medicine

Respiratory Institute

Pulmonary Sleep Medicine Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Sleep Disorders

Patients experiencing poor-quality and unrefreshing sleep, or who have unusual difficulty remaining awake, will be evaluated by one of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s sleep consultants.

One of the diagnostic tests available is a polysomnogram, or a sleep study. The polysomnogram typically requires an overnight stay in a sleep laboratory at the hospital under the supervision of trained medical staff. During testing, several of the patient’s body functions are recorded, including electrical activity in the brain, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate, breathing patterns, air flow, and blood oxygen levels.

Patients may undergo other types of tests, including:

  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT): This test is performed during the day to establish the reasons behind profound sleepiness.
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT): This test measures the patient’s alertness during the day.

Tests such as the MSLT and the MWT may need to be repeated several times for an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment of Sleep Disorders

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Pulmonary Sleep Medicine Program treats the following sleep disorders:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • REM (rapid eye movement) behavior disorder
  • Restless leg syndrome.

After reviewing the patient’s test results and diagnosing a sleep disorder, the physician will develop an individualized treatment plan for the patient with the goal of restoring normal sleeping patterns.

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Meet Our Team

The Pulmonary Sleep Medicine Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is comprised of a multidisciplinary team, including:

  • Physicians certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine
  • Other caregivers trained in providing specialized care.
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