The importance of measuring sleep quality and sleep pathology.

Why SleepImage?  Because SleepImage offers a cost effective and easy to use clinically validated and FDA-cleared measure of sleep quality, sleep pathology and sleep duration.  The Sleep Quality Index (SQI) is the only FDA-cleared unit of measure for sleep health, which is on a scale of 0 – 100 making it easy to measure and track sleep health.  The SleepImage System is cleared to evaluate sleep disorders to inform or drive clinical management (aid diagnostic decisions).
Enjoying quality sleep improves the quality of life.

Why do we sleep?

One function of sleep is to “restore” what is lost in the body while we are awake. Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Many of the major restorative functions like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release occur mostly, or in some cases only, during sleep.

Enjoying quality sleep improves the quality of life.

What are the consequences of not getting enough quality sleep?

Sleep is the only activity that we are to spend roughly a third of our lives doing and it is the most important hours of life for health and wellbeing .  Sleep is not passive; it is a very active and necessary biological process to keep us healthy.
The most immediate effect of sleep deprivation is sleepiness, experienced as general fatigue; lack of motivation and reduced alertness.  Most people do not get enough sleep causing both short term and long term negative consequences.
For more detailed information on how poor sleep quality may adversely affect you, click on each topic below to learn more about the increased risk associated with poor sleep.


Sleep deprivation impacts our reaction time, interpretation of events, and memory. We lose our ability to make sound decisions because we can no longer accurately assess the situation, plan accordingly, and choose the correct behavior. Judgment becomes impaired.

Being chronically tired to the point of fatigue or exhaustion means that we are less likely to perform well which increases the risk of accidents. Sleepier drivers are at a higher risk of falling asleep at the wheel and causing an accident. 


Poor sleep can increase the risk for certain types of cancer, e.g. colon cancer and breast cancer. Getting just six hours of sleep a night has also been linked to an increase of recurrence in breast cancer patients. Clinical data shows a direct link between compromised immune system and poor sleep quality.

Cardiovascular Disease

Insufficient sleep causes the body to produce more of the stress-related chemicals and hormones that can lead to hypertension and heart disease. When your heart rate increases during sleep in response to increased sympathetic activity, your blood pressure also increases. Chronically elevated blood pressure, known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Clinical Depression

Chronic sleep issues have been correlated with depression, anxiety, and mental distress. Studies have shown that improved sleep quality is associated with reduced chronic depression symptoms.

Type ll Diabetes

Insufficient sleep may lead to type II diabetes by influencing the way the body processes glucose. Poor sleep leads to an increase in the production of cortisol, often referred to as the "stress hormone." Higher levels of cortisol are likely to promote the development of insulin resistance, a risk factor for type II diabetes.

Memory Loss

Sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways. First, good sleep quality allows the brain to focus optimally and learn efficiently. Second, sleep aides in the consolidation of memory. Sleep deprivation can lead to permanent cognitive issues. The less we sleep, the less we benefit from the memory-storing properties of sleep.


Poor sleep and insufficient sleep can spur some less-than-ideal food choices, including larger food portions and craving for junk food. This is a result of hormonal changes that occur with poor quality or insufficient sleep. Six hours of sleep or less increases production of the hunger hormone Ghrelin and limits the appetite controlling hormone Leptin.

Shorter Life Expectancy

Poor sleep is associated with lower life expectancy. Recent data shows a relationship between chronic insomnia and increased morbidity and mortality. Other studies show a similar finding for patients with sleep apnea.

Why sleep disorder evaluation should be part of every clinical practice.

Sleep is the most important hours of life for health and wellbeing.   Poor sleep or too little sleep leads to a host of chronic diseases that can be mitigated or managed by including sleep disorder evaluations as part of chronic care management.

SleepImage offers a unique and clinically validated measure of sleep quality, sleep quantity and sleep pathology that can easily be added to any care management.  The SleepImage System offers an automated, operator-independent decision-assist tool to help inform or drive clinical management (aid diagnostic decisions).

Whether it is managing insomnia, identifying sleep apnea or tracking sleep quality; it is an easy and cost effective way that will help improve patient care based on objective information that is easy to understand.  

The Sleep Quality Index (SQI) is the only FDA-cleared unit of measure for sleep health, it is a number on a scale of 0 – 100 that allows practitioners to have a focused discussion with their patients similar to how blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and body weight are tracked for patients over time.

Is the SleepImage test covered by insurance?

SleepImage provides clinical information that is FDA-cleared to evaluate sleep disorders to inform or drive clinical management (aid diagnostic decisions).

SleepImage may meet the requirements of certain reimbursement codes used for clinical consult of medical decision making, problem solving or remote monitoring (telehealth) based on reviewing electronic data, please check with your insurance providers.

SleepImage provides clinical information that can be used to aid management of chronic diseases who all are affected by sleep quality.  SleepImage is a tool that is applicable for a variety of clinical practices to improve patient care.

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