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Better sleep can transform your life

Let us help you sleep better. Our pharmacist can provide you with the right advice on the best treatment for you.

Better sleep can transform your life

Let us help you sleep better. Our pharmacist can provide you with the right advice on the best treatment for you.

Sleep Services

Sleep apnoea occurs when a person stops breathing while asleep, and may last from 10 seconds to a minute; this makes your blood oxygen level drop which in turn triggers your brain to wake you up just enough to take a breath. Then you fall back to sleep and the cycle begins again.

This can happen more than 30 times every hour and you may not even know it. As you can imagine, constantly being triggered back into breathing, hour after hour, night after night, can put a strain on your body. The next day you may feel tired and wrung out. Sleep apnea isn’t just an inconvenience. Left undiagnosed and untreated, it can have serious long-term effects on your health.

Sufferers have an increased risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, daytime sleepiness and motor vehicle accidents, and are likely to have a reduced quality of life.

Our pharmacist can provide you with the right advice on getting a diagnosis and the best treatment for you. We discuss with you your sleep habits and overall health. Treatment can vary from person to person and according to the severity of the sleep apnoea. 

We communicate and collaborate with relevant clinicians, such as referring doctors or sleep clinicians. We can make sure you get the right products to improve your sleep, as well as supply equipment and demonstrate its use.

 

What is a sleep study?

 

What is a sleep study and why do I need it?

People often present to their GP with snoring; not being able to go to sleep or to stay asleep during the night; feeling tired when they wake up in the morning no matter how much sleep they're getting; and sleepiness during the day.

The most commonly studied sleep disorders are insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea.

People with sleep problems don't necessarily need diagnostic tests straight away as we mostly diagnose based on the patient's history.

This involves talking to the patient and getting an idea of what their sleep habits are and what symptoms are bothering them and/or their partner.

We can then decide to do a sleep study to establish the severity of the sleep disorder such as in the case of sleep apnoea, and to tease out some of the other conditions.

It is quite common for more than one sleep problem to coexist.

A sleep study can be performed in a hospital or at home for some patients.

During a sleep study we will monitor a person's brain activity using electrodes stuck on their head.

Your breathing will be monitored a few ways: the flow of your oxygen will be measured from your nose or mouth, your oxygen levels will be monitored using an oxygen probe on your finger or ear, and the movement of your chest and abdomen be used in diagnosis.

Position sensors will be used to gauge movement in your legs, and a video monitor helps diagnose movement disorders.

If you or a loved snores or has trouble breathing when asleep, contact us for a FREE consulation

 

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