In the assessment of patients with sleep disorders, it is
essential to obtain objective, accurately measured data
on the patient's daily life.
The recent advent of The Actiwatch and Actigraphy software
has made this possible - it is now possible to measure a
person's activity, environmental temperature, light levels,
mood state all by means of a device that looks and fits
like a wrist watch.
We use Actigraphy in the assessment of patients with Insomnia,
Restless Legs Syndrome, Childhood Sleep Disorders, Circadian
Rhythm Disorders, ADHD, Mood and Anxiety disorders. The Edinburgh Sleep Centre offers Actigraphy services to patients
and to clinicians.
Oximetry: Recent advances in technology has enabled
ease of diagnosis for sleep related breathing disorders
By means of a simple device, similar to a wristwatch, patients
can be effectively screened for the presence of breathing
related sleep disorders.
Sleep Studies: Respiratory related sleep disorders such
as OSA can be now be diagnosed in the comfort of
your own home through the use of the Embletta©
Portable Diagnostic System (PDS).
This system uses a pocketsize digital recording device
attached to a belt system that the patient wears to bed.
This system is fast becoming the Gold Standard in the ambulatory
screening for sleep disordered breathing.
Overnight Polysomnography (PSG): We
have created a state-of-the-art sleep studies facility for
overnight PSG studies at The Edinburgh Sleep Centre. Our
in-house expert scientists observe and analyse these studies
that provides information on Brain Activity, Respiratory
Function, Muscle Function and a variety of other variables
that are essential for the diagnosis of the more complex
PSG is particularly useful for the diagnosis of OSA
and Sleep Disordered Breathing, Narcolepsy, Parasomnias,
Restless Legs Syndrome and Neurological Disorders such as