Brief night time awakenings are a normal part of the sleeping pattern especially in older individuals. Our doctors can help you manage prolonged wake periods for better sleep.
Medicare rules when ordering a sleep study have changed.
Direct referrals need to submit evidence that the patient meets criteria of an Epworth Sleepiness Score of 8 or higher AS WELL AS a positive sleep apnoea screening test.
The simplest screening test is OSA 50 as on our referral form (needs to score 5 or more). 2 other options are a Berlin score and StopBang – these can be found below. We feel that the StopBang is a little more likely to be positive than a Berlin score.
Half of people with clinically significant OSA will not meet these cut off criteria and should be referred to a sleep physician who can arrange a sleep study. (source: A/Prof G Hamilton, clinical chair, Australasian Sleep Association)
When you are concerned with the quality, consistency, or duration of your sleeping patterns, it’s time to seek expert assistance, with a sleep apnoea test from SleepCare. Good sleep is an important component of personal health, and addressing the underlying lifestyle or medical issues which are preventing it can have a dramatic impact on how you feel when you wake up feeling.
A sleep study, also called a sleep apnoea test or a polysomnogram, allows the specialists at SleepCare to analyse your overall bodily activity during different stages of sleep. Once the cause of your poor sleep is identified from the PSG, we can recommend the most effective modes of treatment.
Whether you’re struggling with chronic snoring – a sign of possible sleep apnoea – or just waking up feeling like you have even not been asleep, a polysomnogram can help find the root cause and start back on the road to feeling better.