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Sleep Disorders Clinic

At the Mater Private Sleep Laboratory we treat the whole range of sleep disorders. We are the only clinic in Ireland providing a full range of services for both Adults and Children.

Sleep Disorders Treated

Many of us experience what it’s like to have trouble falling asleep on an occasional night or for a period of time when stressed or worried. For some however, sleep problems are a regular occurrence caused by sleep disorders. The impact caused is more than just feeling sleepy. Poor quality sleep can have a hugely negative impact on patients and their family members, affecting all parts of their life. Some of the more common side effects include low energy levels, change in moods ability to concentrate and overall health.

At the Sleep Disorders Clinic our role is to work with patients to diagnose and manage their sleep condition and to help people return to restful sleep. Our diagnostic systems are used to record sleep physiology overnight in single rooms, connected by video to the monitoring laboratory. Our laboratory is situated on a quiet ward run by highly trained technicians and supported by caring nurses.

Once diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment programme will be put in place appropriate to specific patient needs. The Mater Private Sleep Clinic is unique in its’ access to a wide variety of professionals which enable us to put cohesive treatment plans in place, no matter what the diagnosis.


    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a disorder of disrupted breathing during sleep. The airway or windpipe becomes excessively floppy during sleep, where it becomes narrow (causing snoring and shallow breathing known as hypopnoeas) and may even close over completely, causes pauses in breathing / choking spells (apnoeas). This disturbs patients’ sleep causing tiredness or excessive sleepiness during the day. In the short term, patients are at increased risk of car accidents. Over the long term this can lead to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and/or high blood pressure.


    Restless Leg Syndrome

    Restless Leg Syndrome is usually described by patients as a creepy- crawly type feeling in the legs, associated with the urge to move the legs. The symptoms are relieved by movement only to return at rest. This can impair patients’ ability to fall asleep or even wake them from sleep.


    Body-Clock / Circadian Rhythm Disturbance

    This includes “morning larks” or “night owls” where the hours they keep become problematic. This also includes Shift Work Disorder or difficulty with sleep in shift workers as well as Jet Lag.


    Abnormal Behaviors During Sleep

    This is a heterogenous group of disorders which includes Sleep Walking, Night Terrors, Sleep-related violence, acting out dreams, abnormal movements in sleep.


    Disorders of Excessive Sleepiness

    This includes Narcolepsy, a rare condition whereby patients fall asleep recurrently throughout the day often accompanied by cataplexy; whereby they may have weakness in the leg, neck or facial muscles in response to emotion. Other disorders treated include Kleine-Levin Syndrome and Idiopathic Hypersomnia.

  • Children are seen from the age of 6. Children under 6 will be assessed on a case by case basis.

    • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
    • Childhood Insomnia – difficulty going to sleep
    • Sleep Walking
    • Body Clock Issues
    • Abnormal Behaviours during sleep
    • Night Terrors
    • Narcolepsy
  • Once diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, there are numerous treatments available to you at the Mater Private depending on your particular issue:

    • Full diagnostic polysomnography (full sleep study)
    • CPAP Titration Studies (initiating treatment for sleep apnoea)
    • Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT) – testing for Narcolepsy
    • Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT)
    • Actigraphy ( to assess body-clock issues)
    • Overnight Oximetry (measuring oxygen levels during sleep)
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia
    • CPAP compliance monitoring (to ensure appropriate usage of CPAP)
  • Catherine Crowe founded the Sleep Disorder Clinic in 1994

    Our team have started over 2000 patients on CPAP since 1995.

    In 2001 they carried out almost 300 Nocturnal Polysomnograms, over 100 CPAP Titration Studies, 56 limited Sleep Studies, 43 Multiple Sleep Latency tests.

    Ben McGinn, Manager of Sleep and Clinical Physiology Department

    Geraldine McQuillan, Practice Manager since 2008.

    Dr Elaine Purcell - Consultant in Sleep Disorders Medicine works full time in the Mater Private Hospital.

  • Access to the Sleep Laboratory for assessment and /or treatment is by referral from a GP or another specialist.

    Contact the Sleep Laboratory between 10am-4pm to make an enquiry regarding the treatments and procedures available
    To book an appointment for a procedure, please contact Dr Elaine Purcell, following a referral from your GP:
    • Tel/ Fax 01 811 7719
    For general enquiries, please contact The Sleep Laboratory:
    • Tel 01 885 8164

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