Monthly Archives: September 2015

Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

Independent studies indicate that sleep deprived people have more difficulties in performing their duties and activities during the day. Sleep deprivation does not pertain to a day or two of sleepless nights due to a variety of reasons, but pertains on chronic lack of sleep for months or years.

On average, an adult needs 8 hours of sleep for his body and system to “refresh”. We have an inherent sleep drive that builds up throughout the day as they remain awake. As the day progresses, we feel an overwhelming heaviness to sleep. This “heaviness” or “pressure” is alleviated as we sleep.… Read More...

Effects of Sleep Loss

Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea and insomnia can make a person feel less energetic, quite foggy and grumpy. Continuing loss of sleep affects a person’s health, memory, looks, ability to lose weight and sex life. The consequences of sleep loss are not something to dismiss as the effects can be serious.

Sleep deprivation causes accidents. Over 20% of vehicular accidents in Australia factored fatigue. In this context, fatigue-related accidents involved shift workers, young drivers and drivers with sleep disorders. The 1986 nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl, Exxon Valdez oil spill and nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979 were rooted to sleep deprivation.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea: How to Diagnose

Diagnosing sleep apnoea is based on a person’s medical and family histories, a thorough physical exam and results of a credible sleep study. If you exhibit symptoms of sleep apnoea you should first consult with your primary care doctor to evaluate your symptoms. Based on the consult, the doctor will then decide if you need further consult with a sleep specialist.

Doctors who diagnose, manage and treat people with sleep disorders are called sleep specialists. It is usual for these doctors to be ear, nose and throat (ENT) and lung specialists. However, with the proper training, other types of doctors can become sleep specialists too.… Read More...

Prevalence of Insomnia in Australia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder with a long-term effect on the health of the afflicted. Surveys indicate than 13% to 33% of the adult population in Australia has insomnia and can be classified as a primary disorder or a comorbid of a mental or physical disorder. Fifty percent of people with depression have insomnia as comorbid. In relation, people with insomnia are doubly at risk for developing depression. Insomnia is also associated with hypertension.

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Sleepless night? Tired in the morning?

 

According to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), insomnia is difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep, experiencing non-restorative sleep in spite of the opportunity to sleep well.… Read More...