Sleep Tests

Overview

The neurologists and pulmonologists at the Aurora Sleep Medicine Centers have specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea. By analyzing your symptoms and medical history using proven sleep tests, and by conducting overnight sleep studies when necessary, our sleep medicine experts can uncover the root cause of your restless nights.

Complete Physical

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

Lifestyle Assessment

The quality of your sleep can be influenced by your diet, the lighting and temperature in your bedroom, your evening routine before bedtime and other lifestyle choices.

Our Lifestyle Assessment looks at your personal sleep routine and your sleep environment to determine if outside factors are contributing to sleep disorders. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary to help determine sleep patterns.

Overnight Sleep Study

If no other medical issue is identified as the cause of your sleep problem, you may be referred for a sleep study. Those with suspected sleep apnea are often referred for these types of studies, which take place at Aurora Sleep Medicine Centers (see our Locations section to find a Sleep Medicine Center near you). Each Center features state-of-the-art suites that include private bathrooms and televisions.

During an overnight sleep study, you’ll be monitored for 15 different functions that may be affecting your sleep, including:

  • Brain activity
  • Muscle activity
  • Eye movements
  • Breathing through the nose and mouth
  • Heart function
  • Oxygen levels

Sleep studies are traditionally conducted at night, but weekend and daytime studies are available to accommodate the night shift worker.

MSLT

A Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is a nap study performed to measure your level of daytime sleepiness. It’s used to determine how quickly you fall asleep in quiet situations during the day. It’s also used to screen for narcolepsy, excessive daytime tiredness, and whether current sleep and breathing disorder treatments are working effectively.

MWT

A Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is conducted for individuals with jobs that require them to stay awake, such as truck drivers, heavy equipment operators and airline pilots. The test is done in a controlled setting in a seated position.

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