If you are having trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. Tens of thousands of Australians suffer from sleep disorders, which adversely impact on their health and their quality of life. There are currently over 88 known sleep disorders, many of which can be professionally treated.
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, decreased cognitive functions, and other health concerns have all been linked to inadequate sleep.
A sleep study provides the information your doctor needs to make a proper diagnosis and provide effective treatment recommendations for your sleep disorder. To find out more about sleep disorders and the treatments available, contact Sleep Studies Australia.
Common sleep disorders include:
Snoring is a sleep and breathing disorder, which occurs when the breathing passage is partially obstructed by a narrowing of the upper airways.
During sleep, the muscles of the upper airways relax, and the vibration of the tissues in the throat produces the snoring noise.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a serious and potentially life threatening condition, which is characterised by:
Repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, due to the collapse of the upper airway
A reduction in oxygen levels in the blood, and
Frequent awakening in an attempt to...
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and sleep ‘attacks’ at unusual, and sometimes inappropriate times.
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Uncontrollable daytime sleep attacks
Sudden loss of muscle tone
If you are having problems going to sleep, you could be experiencing insomnia. Defined simply as ‘sleeplessness’, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in Australia, affecting up to 1 in 3 people. If insomnia is affecting your ability to function you should consider seeking help.
Restless Legs Syndrome
This sleep disorder is characterised by an unpleasant ‘creeping’ or ‘crawling’ sensation in the calves of the legs. The arms may also be affected.
The cause is unknown, but it is thought to involve a nervous system malfunction, and iron deficiency is an important risk factor. Treatments...
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
This sleep disorder involves uncontrollable jerking of the legs and sometimes the arms. It’s also known as ‘sleep myoclonus’.
During sleep, these recurring movements can be severe enough to wake the sleeper. The cause is unknown, but factors associated with this condition...
Parasomnias include sleepwalking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, sleep terrors, rhythmic movement disorder (head banging, head rolling or body rocking) and REM sleep behaviour disorder (acting out a dream, which may result in injury to the person or bed-partner).
Untreated, these sleep disorders...