Assessment of Sleep Disorders
Key Points for This Section
An assessment is done to find problems that may be causing the sleep disorder and how it affects your life. Patients with mild sleep disorders may be irritable and unable to concentrate. Patients with moderate sleep disorders can be depressed and anxious. These sleep disorders may make it hard for you to stay alert and involved in activities during the day. You may not be able to remember treatment instructions and may have trouble making decisions. Being well-rested can improve energy and help you cope better with side effects of cancer and treatment.
Cancer patients should have assessments done from time to time because sleep disorders may become more or less severe over time.
- Side effects of your cancer and cancer treatments.
- Medicines, including vitamins, and other over-the-counter drugs.
- Emotional effects of the cancer and treatments.
- Caregiver routines.
You and your family can tell your doctor about your sleep history and patterns of sleep.
A polysomnogram is a group of recordings taken during sleep that show:
- Brain wave changes.
- Eye movements.
- Breathing rate.
- Blood pressure.
- Heart rate and electrical activity of the heart and other muscles.
This information helps the doctor find the cause of your sleeping problems.