Breathing Related Sleep Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Sleep Disorder Diagnosis, Sleep Apnea Diagnosis, Sleep Disordered Breathing Diagnosis, Sleep Apnea Disorder Diagnosis, Sleep Breathing Disorders Diagnosis, Insomnia Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Mental health professionals use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and breathing-related sleep disorder is listed as one of numerous different primary sleep disorders. 1 Breathing related sleep disorder is usually diagnosed through various processes such as physical examination and referral to an otorhinolaryngologist who specializes in disorders involving the ears, throat and nose, to undertake an evaluation of the upper respiratory tract. The patient is then further examined by a sleep clinic where the patient is observed through a polysomnogram.

The following are diagnostic criteria for breathing related sleep disorder:

  • The patient must have sleep interruptions that leads to insomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness that can result in the following sleep related conditions:
    • central sleep apnea syndrome
    • obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
    • central alveolar hypoventilation syndrome
  • The sleep disturbance must not be caused by another mental disorder or other not breathing related medical conditions.
  • The sleep disturbance is not a direct effect of medication or drugs

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