What is DLMO?
The definition of DLMO is "Dim Light Melatonin Onset." DLMO is important to understanding your body's circadian rhythms.
What disorders can DLMO help with?
Knowing your DLMO can provide valuable diagnostic information about certain circadian rhythm sleep disorders, including:
- circadian rhythm sleep disorder, advanced sleep phase type: people with this problem have difficulties due to falling asleep and waking up too early
- circadian rhythm sleep disorder, delayed sleep phase type: people with this problem have difficulties due to staying up and sleeping in too late
- inadequate sleep hygiene due to excess blue light exposure: blue light from devices like computers and smartphones can suppress DLMO and cause sleep difficulties
What is the cost of the DLMO test?
- The cost is $300
How does the test measure DLMO?
The test measures DLMO through analyzing your saliva samples. It is an effective tool for identifying the hormone melatonin and how often it is produced in your body. The test uses the uses the Salimetrics melatonin assay, which is the industry standard.
How is the test done?
This test can be performed in the comfort of your own home. Our DLMO Test is an 8-sample saliva kit, that you use yourself at home, and then send back to the lab for determination. Saliva samples are collected by the patient in the sample tubes provided every hour for 8 hours. The samples are then frozen and sent back to our lab in thermal packaging.
How long does it take to get results?
Turnaround for results is about 5 to 7 days.
What is melatonin?
Melatonin is the hormone that determines your sleep-wake cycle. This can provide the physician with key information when assessing your sleep disorder.