Sleep Disorders Centers

Sleep Disorders Centers

The UM sleep medicine program is one of the oldest, largest, and most well-developed in the U.S. This multidisciplinary group includes physicians from Neurology, Pediatrics, Medicine (Pulmonary Medicine), Otolaryngology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Psychiatry. These faculty see patients with any complaints related to sleep or alertness. The program operates three Sleep Disorders Centers with a combined total of 28 sleep laboratory beds. 

Michael S. Aldrich, MD, founded the UM Sleep Disorders Center in 1986.

These three centers are equipped with state-of-the-art digital sleep recording equipment, and highly specialized capabilities including esophageal pressure monitoring, end-tidal and transcutaneous carbon dioxide monitoring, and full EEG montages. The centers perform about 10,000 sleep laboratory studies or home sleep apnea tests each year. In addition to the general sleep disorders clinics, several more specialized and also multidisciplinary clinics have been established to provide the most effective care. These include pediatric sleep disorders clinics as well as a multidisciplinary pediatric sleep and behavior clinic, in which a family sees two types of specialists at one visit. Similarly, a multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Clinic offers patients who do not tolerate CPAP a unique opportunity to see up to four services – sleep, otolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and dentistry -- all at one visit. A robust behavioral sleep medicine program, mainly for patients with chronic insomnia, offers an initial evaluation with a sleep physician as well as a sleep psychologist, both at the same visit. Finally, the U-M Sleep Disorders Center maintains an active inpatient consultation service, and can provide bedside attended polysomnography for hospitalized patients when indicated.  

Accreditations and Recognition

The three Sleep Disorders Centers operated by U-M maintain accreditation, by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, at each location. This helps to ensure that approaches to patient care, in clinics or laboratories, conform to the highest standards.