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Sleep Studies


A sleep study, which is known as polysomnography, is the standard used to evaluate the quality of a patient's sleep and to look for respiratory difficulties or other abnormalities during sleep. Patients sleep in a comfortable, private room during their usual sleep time. We monitor numerous signs while you sleep including your "brain waves" (EEG) from small electrodes placed on the scalp; your breathing by placing sensors at the nose, mouth, chest and abdomen; oxygen level using a sensor that clips to a finger; an EKG (heart rhythm) recording from small electrodes on the chest; plus continuous video recording. A technician is constantly monitoring you from a remote recording room in the laboratory and is available for immediate assistance should the need arise.

Following your sleep study we may wish to perform further tests. These might include an air pressure study (titration polysomnogram) to determine the right pressure for your CPAP device.

For Our Patients

We accept most medical insurance plans, but in some cases prior approval or a referral by the primary care provider may be necessary. Our staff will be happy to assist you with cost and coverage questions. You or your primary care physician can make an appointment for you at either one of our locations.

Before your first visit please complete and print the appropriate history questionnaire on white paper only and bring it with you.

Individuals with sleep-related symptoms should be referred by their physician for consultation with a member of UNM Health System staff. Those without a primary care or other referring physician may request an evaluation with UNM Health System, but we encourage you to discuss your problems with your primary care physician first.

Contact Us

For more information, call one of our two locations:

UNM Hospital Sleep Disorders Center 
(Serves adults and children)

1101 Medical Arts Ave.
Building 2
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Phone: 505-272-6110

UNM SRMC Sleep Disorders Center
(Serves adults only)

3001 Broadmoor Blvd. NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Phone: 505-994-7397 (day) 
505-994-7861 (evening)

Types of Sleep Disorders

Conditions experienced by patients with sleep disorders include difficulties with falling asleep or staying asleep at night or problems staying awake in the daytime. Most sleep disorders can be helped, but effective treatment depends on a thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and the most up-to-date therapy.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Many people who snore have a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA results from the breathing passage in the back of the throat falling shut during sleep, causing repeated episodes of struggling for breath. Most people with sleep apnea snore loudly but are otherwise not aware of any sleep or breathing problem. Family members however, may observe the person struggling to breathe or stop breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is also a major cause of daytime sleepiness.

Sleep Walking

Sleep walking, sleep talking, nightmares, night terrors, teeth grinding, rocking, groaning, bedwetting and other undesirable behaviors during sleep are called parasomnias. Some are relatively harmless, while others may be symptoms of serious medical conditions, disrupt sleep or put the patient into dangerous situations. Sleep apnea or restless legs may trigger parasomnias.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders

These disruptions of the body's internal clock are most common in individuals doing shiftwork or after multi-time zone air travel, and can cause both sleepiness and insomnia at inappropriate times. Adolescents and young adults often suffer from a circadian rhythm disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome, which causes them to have difficulty falling asleep at a normal time at night and difficulty awakening in time for school or work in the morning. Circadian rhythm disorders can respond to bright light therapy and behavior modification.

Insomnia

Some patients have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or wake up early in the morning not feeling refreshed. If chronic, insomnia may be an indication of a significant condition such as depression, anxiety or breathing problems. Many insomniac conditions can be treated with behavior modification techniques.

Narcolepsy

This condition causes profound sleepiness punctuated by sleep attacks, episodes of muscle weakness, vivid dreams and automatic behavior. This is caused by an abnormality in the way the brain controls wakefulness and sleep and is treated by a variety of medications.

Schedule an appointment: (505) 272-4866

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