Center for Neurology and Sleep Medicine
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About Sleep Care Clinic

Sleep is very essential to physical and mental well being. It is a restorative process that allows a person to be healthy and productive. Sleep problems are extremely common and are frequently overlooked, with millions suffering from problems that deprive them of necessary rest.

Sleep Care Clinic is a  unique comprehensive sleep center committed to excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.

For patients suffering from sleep problems, we provide diagnosis and treatment services for all types of sleep disorders such as insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and even rare disorders such as sleep walking.

For doctors, we are the trusted name in providing diagnostic services to help them manage their patients. We value their trust in our expertise, adherence to international standards and the use of high-end state-of-the-art equipment in all our services.

Sleep Tests at Sleep Care Clinic

Sleep Care Clinic offers a full range of sleep tests to diagnose all types of sleep disorders. This includes polysomnography (also known as a full sleep study) in the center or at home, actigraphy, sleep apnea screening tests, and video EEG.

Introduction to the Sleep Lab

A Polysomnography (or sleep study) done at the sleep lab is useful for:
– diagnosing sleep apnea
– identifying the cause of sleep disorders
– identifying the cause of interrupted sleep
– diagnosis of common and rare sleep disorders

 

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  • Polysomnography (Full Sleep Study)

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    A sleep study records several important physiologic variables during sleep such as brain waves (EEG), heart waves (ECG), air flow from the nose, respiration, snoring, muscle activity, blood oxygen levels. All sleep studies also include infra-red video camera monitoring. It is mainly used to diagnose Sleep Apnea, but can also help identify many other sleep disorders such as sleep walking, narcolepsy and pediatric sleep disorders.

    It is completely non-invasive and safe. Sleep Care Clinic is equipped to be a comfortable place in addition to being a scientific facility. Patient rooms have normal beds and equipment is hidden away to make the room feel more natural.

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  • CPAP titration

    cpap-treatmentOnce diagnosed with obstructive apnea, your doctor may suggest continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This requires that you spend a night at the clinic where our staff will test the optimum dose of CPAP that suits you during your sleep.

  • Actigraphy

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    Using NASA technology, the actigraphy system can diagnose a wide range of sleep problems.
    It is worn on your wrist just like a watch and you keep it for at least one week. When you bring it back, the data for the whole week will be downloaded to the computer giving us a very detailed report of your sleep problem.

  • Home Sleep Apnea Testing

    sleeplink2Using a lightweight portable device that is worn as shown in the picture, a doctor visits you at home to show you how to put it on and use it. The next day you return it to the clinic to get your record analyzed.

    This test is an excellent and simple way to know if you have sleep apnea and need further testing and treatment.

  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)

    The Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is a special test used in the diagnosis of narcolepsy (irresistable sleep attacks). The test is done during the day and takes between 4-6 hours. The patient is asked to try to sleep during the day and the sensors record whether or not he/she will fall asleep and if there is REM sleep at the onset of sleep.

    The Maintainence of Wakefulness (MWT) is another special test related to MSLT but is used in investigating daytime sleepiness. It tests the ability to maintain wakefulness during the day. The test is also done during the day and takes between 4-6 hours.

Treatment and Therapy

  • Treatments for Insomnia

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    From natural sleeping aids to hypnotics and anti-depressants, a wide range of medications is used to treat insomnia. These drugs can work magic, but can make matters worse if used without medical supervision.

    Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a very successful way to modify wrong beliefs and attitudes towards sleep, and poor sleep habits. It is an approved and widely used treatment for chronic insomnia.

    In some cases, the feeling that your brain does not shut down (hyper-arousal) is due to over-excitation of the brain. This can be modified by special Brain Stimulation technologies that modulate brain activity.

    Finally, when insomnia is mainly due to loss of synchrony with the day and night rhythm, special types of therapy exist to re-align your biological clock with nature using timed light and sleep programs (Chronotherapy and Light therapy).

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  • Treatments for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

    CPAPSnoring is a common problem, particularly in men. It indicates that the throat is too relaxed during sleep to the extent that it vibrates violently as air enters to the lungs.

    People who snore eventually also start to have repeated short pauses in their breathing during sleep – a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Because sleep is not restful, people who have sleep apnea wake up tired, and exhausted no matter how long they sleep, and during the day, they may easily doze off at work, while driving or even in meetings!

    Sleep apnea is a very serious problem because it results in low oxygen levels in the blood during sleep, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke.

    Treatment of snoring and sleep apnea is usually very effective and can range from simple lifestyle modifications, to surgery, or wearing of custom-made oral devices or the use of a mask that supports your breathing (CPAP). This depends on the degree and type of obstruction in the path of air entering through your nose and mouth.

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Common Sleep Disorders

  • Insomnia

    insomniaDifficulty in starting or maintaining sleep is one of the most common sleep disorders. Insomnia can become a chronic problem and can continue for years, leading to disruption of the person’s life, poor performance at work, irritability and anxiety.

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  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea

    homeslide-3Snoring is a common problem, particularly in men. It indicates that the throat is too relaxed during sleep to the extent that it vibrates violently as air enters to the lungs.

    People who snore eventually also start to have repeated short pauses in their breathing during sleep – a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Because sleep is not restful, people who have sleep apnea wake up tired, and exhausted no matter how long they sleep, and during the day, they may easily doze off at work, while driving or even in meetings!

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