The assessment of Insomnia begins with taking a fully comprehensive clinical history. The clinical history should include symptoms, duration and frequency of those symptoms, possible triggers, thoughts, and behaviours associated with sleep and how these interfere with sleep. Family history is equally important for assessment of sleep disorders. In addition, the therapist will ask about other medical and psychiatric disorders, medication and substances used in the past to help with sleep.
A sleep-diary is an essential tool used for assessing sleeping routines, daily patterns, and progress in treatment. We recommend a two-week sleep diary as a starting point with data like bedtime, rise time, time awake during the night, medication, and caffeine use.
During the assessment, it is important to rule out other sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) or Restless Legs Syndrome and offer correct guidance if there are any signs or symptoms that suggest their presence. We can test you for OSA from the comfort of your home – for more information please visit homesleeptest.co.uk
The Home Sleep Test (HST) device is a cost effective, easy to use at-homed sleep screening device used to record sleep stages, sleep disturbances and resulting sleep fragmentation by cortical arousals. Thanks to it’s compact design and minimal wiring, the application is very simple. The HST reliably records EEG, EOG, EMG, impedance, ambient light, activity, position and sound for snoring detection.
HST - Efficient & affordable insomnia screening
Objective determination of sleep stages
Recording of EEG/EOG, EMG, continuous impedance, light, activity, position, sound (snoring)
Easy application in the patient’s home
Detection of cortical arousals and sleep fragmentation
Cloud based analysis software, AASM-compliant analysis and report templates (encrypted data transfer)
Recording of multiple nights