What Does a Sleep Specialist Do?

Who is a Sleep Specialist?

A sleep specialist is a medical doctor who has undertaken additional education and training in the field of sleep medicine. Sleep medicine covers sleep, sleep disorders, and other sleep related conditions or diseases.

Why is Proper Sleep Important?

Sound sleep is vital for an active brain and a healthy life. Enough quality sleep, especially at night, helps maintain and promote mental and physical health, good quality of life and averts diseases.

Trouble sleeping can diminish the overall quality of life and severe sleep deficiency can increase the risk of health problems such heart diseases, high blood pressure, and stroke.

The way you feel while you are awake partly depends on how you well you slept. While sleeping, your body works to maintain healthy brain activity and sustain physical health. In kids and teens, sleep is vital for proper growth and development. Proper sleep improves and enhances brain activity and other bodily functions like balance in hormones, insulin level and efficient immune system.

What Does a Sleep Specialist Do?

Sleep problems can occur in people of all ages, but they often go undiagnosed and untreated. Sleep specialists are trained and experienced in the diagnosis, management, cure and prevention of sleep disorders such as excessive snoring, sleep apnoea, obstructive sleep apnoea, insomnia, narcolepsy and others. They often work in sleep centres, sleep clinics or sleep labs and might or might not coordinate with a sleep surgeon or sleep dentist for treatment.

How are Sleep Disorders Diagnosed and Treated?

Sleep specialists conduct clinical examination and evaluation. Diagnosis can involve learning about the family history of the patient, his own medical history, physical examination and lab tests. If the sleeping pattern and behaviour of the patient needs to be studied, a sleep study is conducted in a sleep lab where the patient stays overnight. Types of sleep studies include:

  • Polysomnography
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT)
  • Actigraphy

Various treatment options are available for sleep disorders depending on the diagnosis of the condition. Course of treatment used by sleep specialist include:

  • Medications
  • CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • Oral appliances
  • Therapy
  • Surgery

Where Can I Find the Best Sleep Specialist?

Sydney has many sleep clinics but the Sydney Centre for TMJ and Sleep Therapy is one of the best in its field. The centre has the most experienced and educated sleep specialists in Sydney who have worked with many patients with sleep disorders and treated them successfully. Contact us if you have any questions and we will give you the best possible treatment!

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