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Clinical Physiologist - Sleep

What is a Clinical Physiologist (Sleep)?

A Clinical Physiologist (Sleep) looks at how a patient’s body functions during sleep to find out if there are any problems (a sleep study). A sleep study is a test that can be done at home, at sleep clinic or hospital. The sleep study may record signals that give information about whether a patient is asleep or awake, if there is any problems with breathing, heart function, or body movements during sleep. The patients they see usually have the following problems: they snore or stop breathing during sleep, have trouble staying awake during the day, do not sleep well when they go to bed, have nightmares/bad dreams, sleep walk, or move their arms or legs a lot when they sleep.

A Clinical Physiologist (Sleep) may also be involved with helping patients who need treatment for a sleep problem (for example, CPAP treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea). They can teach patients about the treatment and help them to keep using treatment over the long term.

Find out More.

If you would like to find out more information about sleep health please see the following Australian website:

Sleep Health Foundation 

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