Assessments to find out our more about sleep patterns are non-invasive, pain-free and performed by a Consultant Respiratory Physician.
An Ambulatory Respiratory Somnogram is a mobile test can be performed at home or hospital depending on patient preference to assess the breathing and cardiac patterns during sleep.
The test is used to diagnose a variety of respiratory disorders which can cause disturbance of sleep, leading to reduced functional ability, persistent tiredness, increased risk of accidents and poor performance, reduction in memory, low mood and other symptoms relating to chronic fatigue. Untreated severe sleep apnoea can be associated with secondary medical complaints including high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, cardiac arrhythmias, movement disorders and reduction in cognitive ability.
Common sleep disorders may include:
- Sleep Apnea – when an adult regularly stops breathing during sleep for 10 seconds or longer
- Nocturnal hypoventilation – a reduction in the brain’s respiratory control centre in sending nerve impulses to the breathing muscles
- Narcolepsy – difficulty in staying awake
- Unusual night-time behaviors – such as sleepwalking, night terrors or bed-wetting
- Insomnia – problems sleeping at night. This may be caused by stress, depression, hunger, physical discomfort, or other problem
- Periodic limb movement disorder – uncomfortable cramping sensations in the legs leading to night time awakenings