Sleep Physiology

Sleep Physiology is concerned with the assessment and monitoring of patients with poor sleep quality.


Healthcare science staff working in this field specifically work with patients who have problems of poor sleep quality. For example obstructive sleep apnoea, where people stop breathing because they collapse the airway in their throat when they are asleep. Patients are monitored, often using home monitoring but sometimes in a sleep laboratory, helping to identify individual problems which require treatment and long-term management.

Tests include:

  • full cardio pulmonary exercise testing
  • sleep studies
  • bronchial challenge testing
  • measurements of dynamic and static lung volumes
  • respiratory gas exchange
  • muscle function studies
  • ¬†blood gas analysis
  • analysis of responses to treatment, allergy testing and exercise.

Staff are responsible for ensuring that safe, accurate, reliable and repeatable results are produced.

Last updated on 23rd August 2021