Evaluation & Diagnosis, Screening Tools for Sleep Disorders

The neurologists and pulmonologists on staff at the Aurora Sleep Medicine Centers have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. They provide comprehensive analysis of a patient's symptoms. In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, the Aurora Sleep Medicine Centers features state-of-the-art suites where sleep assessments are conducted. While not all patients require an overnight sleep assessment, knowing they are available within the community provides convenience and easy access to leading care.

The assessment covers up to 15 different functions that may be affecting a patient's sleep. Functions including brain activity, muscle activity, eye movements, breathing through the nose and mouth, heart function and oxygen levels are monitored during the all night sleep study.

ApneaLink™

Aurora offers free, easy, in-home sleep apnea screening tools

Aurora offers free, easy, in-home sleep apnea screening tools such as the ApneaLink ™ and Embletta-Home Monitoring, available at most of the Aurora Sleep Medicine Centers. You don't need a doctor's order to get it and you can use it at home! Call an Aurora Sleep Medicine Center today for more information or complete the request form.

ApneaLink™, this in-home, overnight test is a free, easy and convenient screening tool that can be used in the comfort of your own home. It is and effective first step toward proper diagnosis, effective treatment and better health. However, it does not replace a professional sleep assessment conducted by a sleep medicine expert.

Using the ApneaLink technology is easy.

  • Check out the device from an Aurora Sleep Medicine Center near you.
  • Before going to sleep, attach the small nasal air flow sensor, the finger pulse sensor and the monitor itself (slightly larger than a cell phone).
  • Return the device to the Aurora Sleep Medicine Center the next day to have the information downloaded and analyzed. We will supply you with a copy of the full report.
  • If you choose, you can share the report with your physician or consult with one of the sleep specialists at an Aurora Sleep Medicine Center for advanced diagnosis and treatment.

You do not need a doctor's order to use the ApneaLink.

Complete Physical

A Complete Physical is an important part of the sleep disorder assessment process. It is used to rule out any medical conditions that may be contributing to sleep issues. Blood tests and other diagnostic tools may be used to get a complete picture of a person's overall health.

Lifestyle Assessment

Lifestyle Assessment looks at a person's personal sleep routine, as well as their sleep environment to determine if outside factors are contributing to sleep problems. Eating and drinking patterns, bedroom lighting and temperature and evening routines before bedtime can all influence an individual's ability to get a restful night's sleep. Individuals may be asked to keep a sleep diary to help determine sleep patterns.

Evaluation and Diagnosis, Screening Tools for Sleep Disorders

Overnight Sleep Study

Overnight Sleep Study are conducted at Aurora Sleep Medicine Centers which feature state-of-the-art suites. Similar to a hotel room, you will have a comfortable room with a private bathroom and a television.

Individuals with suspected sleep apnea, as well as other sleep disorders are often referred for a sleep study after a complete physical and lifestyle assessment are conducted and no other medical issue is identified as the cause of the sleep problem.

During an overnight sleep study, the patient is monitored for 15 different functions that may be affecting a patient's sleep. Functions including brain activity, muscle activity, eye movements, breathing through the nose and mouth, heart function and oxygen levels are monitored. Sleep studies are traditionally conducted at night, but weekend and daytime studies are available to accommodate the night shift worker.

Multiple Sleep Latency Tests

Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT) is a nap study to measure a patient's level of daytime sleepiness. It is used to determine how quickly a person falls asleep in quiet situations during the day. It is used to screen for narcolepsy, excessive daytime tiredness and whether current sleep/breathing disorder treatment is working effectively.

Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests

Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests (MWT) is conducted for individuals in occupations that require individuals to demonstrate their ability to stay awake like truck drivers, heavy equipment operators and airline pilots. The test is done in a controlled setting with the individual in a sitting position.

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