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Sleep Medicine

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Led by Bernie Sunwoo, MD, the Sleep Medicine Center at UC San Diego Health is a comprehensive evaluation, treatment and research center for sleep disorders.

Our team has been involved in the development of several aggressive therapies for treating sleep disorders that are used worldwide. Published in hundreds of leading medical journals, their ongoing research on sleep-related disorders is helping shape the global understanding of sleep health. 

At UC San Diego Health, sleep disorders are managed by a multidisciplinary team of experts that include specialists in sleep medicine, behavioral health services, and head and neck surgery (ENT). All of our sleep medicine doctors are board certified in their specialty.

Our sleep medicine team uses leading-edge technology to collect precise information about a person’s sleep movements, behaviors, and breathing patterns. These details help us identify even minor forms of sleep abnormalities. For appropriate candidates, we offer a home sleep study via a portable device that is worn for one night at home.

What We Treat

We provide a full spectrum of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services for people with sleep-related disorders including:
  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Periodic leg movement during sleep syndrome
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleepwalking
  • Sleep eating
  • Sleep disorders associated with medical or psychiatric conditions
  • Sleep-related neurological disorders
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • REM behavior disorder

Diagnosis

Overnight Sleep Study

The benefit to having your sleep evaluated at our specialized sleep center instead of at home is access to advanced diagnostic testing performed by trained sleep technicians.

A comprehensive overnight sleep study, known as a polysomnogram, is the best way to determine if you have a sleep disorder. We conduct overnight sleep studies in our state-of-the-art patient evaluation center.

The polysomnogram records certain body functions while you sleep such as:

  • Heart rate and rhythm
  • Brain waves (electrical activity)
  • The amount of oxygen in the blood
  • Eye movement
  • Air flow
  • Electrical activity of muscles
  • Body position and limb movements
  • Breathing rate

Home Sleep Study

At-home diagnostic testing is available for individuals who prefer to be monitored remotely.

Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)

The multiple sleep latency test is a full-day sleep study that measures excessive daytime sleepiness. One of the most important tools for diagnosing narcolepsy, the MLST consists of several naps (usually every 2 hours) over the course of one day.

Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)

The maintenance of wakefulness test is used to assess a person's ability to stay awake during the day. During several scheduled intervals over the course of one day, our sleep medicine experts monitor the activity of your heart, brain, chin and eyes while you sit in a quiet, dark room.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Our sleep medicine experts offer a broad spectrum of treatments for all sleep disorders. One of the most common is sleep apnea.

See also:
  • ENT
  • Bariatric Surgery

Appointments & Referrals

Sleep Medicine Locations

La Jolla
Consultations, Home Sleep Testing
& Overnight Sleep Center
Hillcrest
Consultations Only

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