Sleep Disorders

Conditions We Treat

The sleep disorders service sees referrals for adult and pediatric patients with conditions or symptoms that include:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea - Worried about sleep apnea? Take the STOP BANG questionnaire to determine if you might be at risk.
  • Narcolepsy 
  • Parasomnias (undesired body movements associated with sleep)
  • Periodic limb movements in sleep
  • Seizures in sleep

Formal Sleep Studies and Treatments

Multiple Sleep Latency Testing

  • Evaluates patients with suspected narcolepsy
  • Objectively study patients who complain of daytime hypersomnolence 
  • This assesses sleep tendency by measuring the number of minutes it takes the patient to fall asleep.

Polysomnography (overnight sleep study)

Polysomnography, also known as an attended overnight sleep study, is conducted in a facility based sleep lab where you are continually monitored by a trained sleep technologist. During the study, electrodes and sensors are gently applied allowing us to assess the following:

  • Sleep stages
    • EEG (brain waves) 
    • EOG (eye movements) 
    • Chin EMG (muscle activity)
  • Sleep Disordered Breathing
    • Nasal and oral airflow
    • Respiratory effort
    • Oxygen saturation
    • Snoring
  • Leg movements 
  • ECG (heart rate)

How to prepare for the sleep study

Directions to the Sleep Disorder Center

Fully Accredited Care

The UI Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for its commitment to high-quality, patient-centered care.

Home Sleep Apnea Test Available

The new home sleep test is a great alternative to traditional testing in a sleep lab.

Among other variables, the home sleep test records:

  • Sleep time
  • Oxygen levels
  • Heart rate
  • Body position and movement
  • Snoring decibles

After the device is returned the next day, these recordings are downloaded to be reviewed by a physician. The equipment is available at our Iowa River Landing location.

Rehabilitation Therapy

Neuropsychologists and rehabilitation counselors within the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Brain Health provide cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with insomnia, and CPAP desensitization for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

  • The most widely used treatment for obstructive sleep apnea
  • CPAP provides a gentle flow of positive pressure air that holds the airway open during sleep

Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP)

  • Delivers a positive pressure flow but with differing inspiratory and expiratory pressures
  • Bi-level PAP is most commonly indicated for patients with obesity-hypoventilation syndrome, COPD, CHF, a variety of neuromuscular disorders and those that are intolerant of CPAP therapy
Couple asleep in bed

UI Sleep Solutions at Iowa River Landing

UI Health Care Sleep Solutions, located near the UI Sleep Disorders Clinic at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing, provides high-quality sleep products and expert help for patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.

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Care Team