Pulmonology & Sleep Lab

Novomed Specialized Clinics offers consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for pulmonary diseases, respiratory problems and sleep disorders in Dubai. As is the case with all of our services, our pulmonologist and sleep experts will work with you to customize a treatment plan to suit you and your lifestyle.

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Pulmonary and Respiratory Care

Novomed pulmonologists offer services related to:

  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Lung-function tests including Spirometry, DLCO, Bronchial Provocation Test, Nitric Oxide, plethysmography
  • Chest pain analysis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cases of acute and chronic cough
  • Pneumonia
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Respiratory infections
  • Lung cancer diagnosis/grading
  • Pleural Diseases
  • Sleep Apnea
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Sleep Solutions

In addition to our pulmonology sleep expert, our Novomed neurology and psychology sleep experts offer help with:

  • Sleep disorders, including insomnia and narcolepsy
  • Sleep medicine
  • Sleep labs (clinic and home-based tests)

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, fill in our assessment form and we will get back to you to advise whether you need to see a sleep expert.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Your body’s internal clock regulates your biological processes 24 hours a day. Any disturbance to this pattern can cause problems in general, and can affect your quality of sleep. Common circadian rhythm disorders include:

  • Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome, where your sleep cycles are out of sync with your daily life and you go to bed and wake up earlier than you would like. You might get sleepy at 7pm, for example, and go to bed, only to wake up 4am.
  • Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, where your cycles are out of sync, and you stay up really late, then have difficulty waking up for work or school the next day.
  • Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, where a disturbance in your cycle leads to poor quality sleep at night and drowsiness during the day.

To get into a desirable sleep pattern, treatment will combine effective sleep techniques and external-stimuli such as bright-light therapy to ‘reset’ your rhythm.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Here, your limbs, most likely your legs, move (for example, they might jerk, twitch or, in the case of your feet, flex upwards) about every 20 to 40 seconds. This repetitive movement can last a few minutes or several hours. While the disorder on its own is not a serious medical condition, it can contribute to chronic insomnia or lead to daytime fatigue. Sometimes it can be a symptom of a serious condition that needs to be treated, such as diabetes or kidney disease.

If the disorder occurs together with restless leg syndrome, or if it causes significant insomnia or daytime fatigue that impacts on your life, you may be given medication. This will either reduce your movements or help you sleep through them.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome is a disorder affecting a part of the nervous system, and is marked by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are resting. The urge to move the legs is usually accompanied by unpleasant sensations such as ‘pins and needles’. It is also possible, but less common, to have RLS symptoms in other body parts such as the torso, arms, or face. RLS can severely disrupt a patient’s sleep and life. Often diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes include RLS symptoms.

Treatment in mild cases includes lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, while medication can help ease the symptoms in severe cases, as can treating associated diseases.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is marked by excessive daytime sleepiness, hallucinations, sleep paralysis and, in some cases, episodes of cataplexy (brief periods of sudden muscle weakness). There is no cure, but medication and behavioral modification can help ease the symptoms.