Monthly Archives: April 2017

Sleep Disorders Relating to Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

It is not normal to constantly feel sleepy or tired in the daytime. There are sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness no matter how much rest a person gets.  Primary sleep disorders that reduce sleep quality and shorten the length of time one is asleep are obstructive sleep apnoea, circadian rhythm disorder, insomnia and narcolepsy.  If left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep disorders will lead to daytime sleepiness that could eventually be the root cause of poor health, vehicular accidents and work-related accidents.  A person’s quality of life may be diminished.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA causes a person to stop breathing for several seconds hundreds of time during sleep.… Read More...

Didgeridoo Playing: An alternative Sleep Apnea Therapy?

Generally, CPAP therapy is the best and hassle-free method to treat mild to severe sleep apnoea. Other standards for treating obstructive sleep apnoea include APAP and biPAP therapy, surgery and dental devices. Alternative treatments include weight loss, special exercises, positional therapy, yoga and other natural remedies that are taken orally.  Recent studies indicate that playing the didgeridoo is an alternative OSA treatment.

What is a Didgeridoo?

Didgeridoo is a 4 to 5 feet long wood wind instrument indigenous to Australia. Its origin dates back some 4,000 years. It is unlike other woodwind instruments as it is played not by using the lungs but with the movement of the tongue, lips and vocal cords. … Read More...

Sleep Study: What is it?

Sleep study is the best method to determine if a person has a sleeping problem or sleep apnoea. A sleep test is more commonly associated with polysomnogram. This is a non-invasive, overnight sleep test that will monitor a patient’s sleep pattern while hooked up to an EEG machine that will monitor a patient’s sleep stages, and REM and nonREM cycles. A sleep study will also indicate the patient’s blood oxygen, eye movements, breathing and heart rates, body movements and snoring.

A sleep study is not only a test to determine sleep apnoea but also periodic limb movement disorder, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder and other nighttime behaviors such as somnambulism or sleep walking.… Read More...