Our board-certified sleep medicine experts specialize in the assessment of respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders in adults and children. With locations downtown, in Hyde Park and in the south suburbs, the University of Chicago Medicine offers comprehensive testing, diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of sleep disorders.

Why is sleep important?

Sleep is more than just a “time-out” from our daily lives. A good night’s sleep is as necessary to health and wellbeing as diet and exercise. Unfortunately, for more than half of all Americans, a good night's sleep is difficult to obtain.

Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing, is increasingly associated with hypertension and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. What’s more, chronic problems like snoring, frequent nighttime awakenings and restless legs or arms can negatively impact your rest and affect your quality of life and abilities at work.

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

Some sleep disorders are caused by other medical or psychological conditions. This is why our experts work closely with physicians in other specialties, including neurology, cardiology, endocrinology, psychiatry, otolaryngology, bariatric surgery, primary care and critical care. By working in multidisciplinary teams, we are able to effectively treat sleep disorders and the conditions that cause them.

Services Offered

Our UChicago Medicine experts provide a full range of treatment options for sleep disorders, including:

We offer a number of noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments, including behavioral therapy for chronic insomnia and therapeutic treatments for narcolepsy, insomnia and restless legs syndrome.


UChicago Medicine provides inpatient and outpatient sleep consultations. Our specialists also perform diagnostic testing seven days a week.

We offer:

  • Actigraphy, a method of recording movement for the assessment and study of sleep/wake patterns
  • Adult and pediatric sleep studies (polysomnograms)
  • Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)

  • Nap studies/Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
  • Sleep logs

 


You will be given two appointments. The first will be a consultation with one of our sleep specialists.

This appointment is made before your scheduled sleep study. It is recommended to be done as soon as possible. This is an overnight test that can be approximately 9 hours long in your own private room. If you work nights, we will schedule you for a day study.

You will be interviewed and examined by our physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine.

Your sleep test will be conducted by a sleep technologist in our comfortable and home-like bedroom setting. The technologist, who will be in a separate room from you during the test, will show you the equipment and explain the procedure.

The specialized equipment is used to track many body functions, including brain wave activity, breathing, heart rate, blood oxygen concentration, leg and chin muscle activity, eye movement, snoring and body position. Recording sensors are placed on the skin surface to record this activity.

In some cases you may put on a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device in the same night, wearing a mask that fits around your nose, or nose and mouth.

Sleep studies are conducted at night. You will be given an approximate time of departure so you can plan your activities for the following morning. On the day of your sleep test, please follow the prep instruction you will be given at the consultation.

If you did not have a consult or lost your prep instructions, you may print out your sleep questionnaires prior to your consult or sleep study.

We can accommodate patients who need a language or sign language interpreter without a family member having to stay with you.

We can also accommodate patients who will need a caretaker to stay with them for the entire night.

After the sleep study, our sleep specialists will analyze and interpret the large amount of data recorded during the study. A typical sleep study involves more than 800 pages of data. Our specialist will then directly share the results with your doctor of the interpretation and treatment recommendations if a sleep disorder is diagnosed. You will then have a follow-up visit with the ordering physician to discuss the results. You may also have a follow-up with one of our sleep specialists.

In mild cases, modifications in habits and lifestyle may effectively treat sleeping disorders. Weight loss, positional therapy, dental appliances, smoking cessation and changes in sleep hygiene all may help your condition.

The most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea is the use of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) equipment during sleep. CPAP devices use small masks and bedside machines that regulate air flow to help keep your airway from closing during sleep. There are many different types of CPAP machines and appliances, and our staff will help you choose the best kind for you.

For those diagnosed with sleep apnea, follow-up visits and education are extremely important. You may need help getting started with incorporating CPAP into your routine, or have questions about sleep habits. Our staff is always willing to partner with your primary care physician and home care company in helping you adjust to your new treatment, and ensure the best possible outcome.

For Your Appointment

Appointments are available by physician referral only. Talk with your doctor about your concerns regarding sleep and whether a consultation with a UChicago Medicine expert may be an appropriate next step for you.

We offer appointments at two locations in the city of Chicago:

UChicago Medicine offers sleep studies at our Family Care Centers in Tinley Park, Flossmoor and Calumet City. Available appointment times are 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. This is an overnight test that can be approximately 9 hours long in your own private room. If you work nights, we will schedule you for a day study.

Refer a Patient

To refer a patient, fax an order to Central Scheduling at 708-915-6737 and our team will contact you to set up an appointment. If you do not receive a phone call, dial 708-915-3333.

Sleep Questionnaires

If you did not have a consult or lost your prep instructions, you may print out your sleep questionnaires prior to your consult or sleep study.

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