Different Types of Sleep Study

Polysomnogram (PSG), commonly known as sleep study, is a dedicated method to monitor the various physiological changes in the body while one is sleeping.  This type of study helps sleep doctors investigate and diagnose sleep disturbance that occur during sleep.  These sleep disturbances may be medical conditions that cause daytime sleepiness and tiredness, disrupted sleep, memory lapses, lost of concentration and other comorbidities that are linked to lack of sleep.

PSG is a non-invasive procedure. The sensors used may cause minor skin irritations to some but the discomfort is insignificant.  Comfort and safety of patients during the testing are ensured as trained and qualified staff are on duty during the diagnostic test.… Read More...

Untreated Sleep Apnoea Linked to Damaged Brain Cells of Children

Children diagnosed with sleep apnoea but are not undergoing CPAP therapy may exhibit delayed brain development.

A study led by Dr. Leila Kheorandish-Gozal of the University of Chicago indicated that children suffering from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea could have damaged to brain cells. The test subjects showed a significant reduction of gray matter brain cells involved in memory, movement, speech, emotions, self-control, decision-making, and perception, when compared with children of the same age who do not have sleep apnoea.

Statistics indicate that up to 5% of children are affected by sleep apnoea. This study finally linked sleep apnoea and delayed neuronal growth in a child’s developing brain. … Read More...

Sleep Apnoea Increases Risk of Dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that interrupts breathing during sleep. A recent study pertaining to obstructive sleep apnoea and its link to dementia was recently published in the European Respiratory Journal.

The study indicated that changes in the brain during sleep apnoea episodes are directly linked to changes in the structure of the brain seen in elderly people with signs of early dementia.  Scientists at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Center said that new findings indicate that oxygen deprivation during sleep could be tied to alterations in the brain’s temporal lobes and compromised ability to absorb new information.… Read More...

The Link between Sleep Apnoea and Insomnia

Sleep apnoea and insomnia are both classified as sleeping disorders.  The two conditions have been classified; that accepted sleep medicine view is that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and chronic insomnia are separate disorders.  However, there are now evidences that support the belief that these two sleeping disorders overlap.

A study about comorbid insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea indicated that 39% up to 58% of OSA patients are also suffering from insomnia. The study showed that 43% of elderly people diagnosed with chronic insomnia have undiagnosed OSA.

Wide Awake at 3:30 A.M.

Wide Awake at 3:30 A.M.

The question now is does a person have sleep apnoea because of insomnia or does a person have insomnia because of sleep apnoea?… Read More...

Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnoea: Do They Really Work?

The most common sleeping disorder is obstructive sleep apnoea. Millions of people across the globe are affected by the sleeping disorder but not everyone is receiving treatment. If left untreated or poorly treated, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) will negatively impact a person – physically, mentally and even emotionally.

In the last 25 years, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has been the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea.  However, not everyone prescribed with CPAP therapy can tolerate the treatment.

Alternative Sleep Apnoea Treatments

In past blog articles, CPAP Victoria has presented alternative treatment for CPAP therapy.  Alternative treatments for mild cases of OSA include positional therapy and lifestyle changes such as losing weight and regulating alcohol consumption.… Read More...

New Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

One of the core pillars of good health is sound sleep. When a person is in a state of continuous sleep deprivation, his health and quality of life decline.

How many are sleep deprived?

Studies indicate that in developing countries, about 150 million people are sleep deprived. In the United States alone, 1/3 of the population is not getting enough sleep. In Japan, the average sleeping hour is only 5 hours and 59 minutes.  According to research done by the Sleep Health Foundation 33%-45% of Australiana have poor sleep patterns that lead to irritability and fatigue that could lead to unsafe behavior, poor mental health and low productivity.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea and Atrial Fibrillation Connection

Recent studies have indicated a strong link between sleep apnoea and atrial fibrillation, a condition affects over 33 million people across the world. Though atrial fibrillation may be caused by hypertension, heart disease and brought about by age, more than half of AFib patients suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

People with obstructive sleep apnoea experience at least 10 seconds of restricted breathing during sleep due to blockage in their airway.  The condition can be mild or severe, depending on the number of times a person stops breathing each hour.

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is a condition that is characterized by an abnormal heart rhythm experienced by a person due to disordered electrical signal received by the heart.… Read More...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) are related breathing disorders . OSA is characterized by interrupted sleep due to obstruction in the airway of persons who are most likely obese and with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30.  Whereas patients with OHS are mostly obese and have sleep disordered breathing such as obstructive sleep apnoea.

What is Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome (OHS)?

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome is a form of breathing disorder in people who are obese. The condition leads to high carbon dioxide level and to low oxygen level in the blood. This condition occurs due to hypoventilation during the day, which basically means that not enough air is moving in and out of the lungs persons suffering from OHS. … Read More...

Sleep Disorder and Infertility: Linked

Sleep apnoea, or disrupted breathing during sleep, has been linked to infertility. Recent studies suggest that women with sleep disorders are three times more likely to be infertile than those who do not have sleeping difficulties. A parallel study indicates that women with insomnia were four times more likely to experience infertility that their counterparts with no trouble sleeping.

Sleep Deprivation and Fertility Hormones

Sleep deprivation is an overlooked reason for male and female infertility.  It is recommended that we get from 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day but according to a survey done by the National Sleep Foundation, more than 65% of population do not get enough sleep.… Read More...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Diabetes

Scientific researches have indicated that the connection between Type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is factual. Further studies suggested that the severity of a person’s sleep apnoea highly impacts his risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is characterized by intermittent breathing during sleep. It is a sleep disorder that is linked to variety of problems not only in people with diabetes but to non-diabetics as well. OSA is associated to poor work performance brought about by disturbed sleep. OSA comorbidities include hypertension, arrythmias, stroke and even heart failure. A diabetic person with sleep apnoea may even develop insensitivity to insulin.  … Read More...