Snoring may not be a problem, but if you have sleep apnoea, there are a number of health risks. Some of these include hypertension, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes type 2, and depression. Why risk these things when there is help and pain free solutions available?
Sleep apnoea can be hard to self-diagnose because obviously we can’t watch ourselves sleep! Often our sleep partners see things we can’t see, like apnoeas, which is when we stop breathing momentarily. Sleep apnoea can have an insidious onset and it is not uncommon for sufferers to feel unwell, tired and even depressed, without suspecting they may have a sleep disorder.
Almost everybody snores at some stage. Sleep positions, having a cold, even being pregnant can lead to an increase in snoring. So, does snoring necessarily mean someone has sleep apnoea? No. However snoring IS one symptom of sleep apnoea, If you suffer from chronic snoring, and you have tried all the usual things like changing sleep positions, pillows, nasal sprays and so on … and snoring is still causing you discomfort, maybe it’s worth looking into sleep testing.
Every day researchers are learning more and more about sleep. Every new parent knows how bad you feel when you don’t get enough sleep, but what about the rest of us?

Work pressure, caring for family members, staying up late or simply not being able to unwind mean that many people are not getting the deep, peaceful sleep they need.

It’s easy to see how your brain is affected by lack of sleep. You become irritable, unable to focus, and you could even be a driving or workplace risk if you fall asleep.

But did you know that the hormones that control appetite, growth, and the health of our immune system are released during sleep? Parents know that small children need sleep to help them grow. But not enough sleep in adults can lead to weight gain and obesity, and all the health problems that follow.

People who are sleep deprived are also shortening their lifespan. People with sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnoea are at risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, depression, obesity and more.

These days, more and more health specialists see sleep as the third piece of the puzzle, along with diet and exercise. Isn’t it time you get some better quality sleep?

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a medical condition where people stop breathing for periods of up to 10 seconds, while they sleep. If you suffer from this condition, your airways may be obstructed or blocked. This is a problem, because the body is deprived of oxygen during this time. The body responds to this by waking up because it can’t survive without regular oxygen. This explains why sleep apnoea sufferers feel so tired all the time. It is as if someone was waking them many times through the night. The sleep apnoea sufferer might not remember waking up, but the next day they don’t feel refreshed, and so never get a complete nights sleep.
If you do have sleep apnoea, you might also have episodes during your sleep when you breathe in an abnormally shallow and slow way. This sort of breathing is known as hypopnoea. Again, this sort of breathing deprives your body of the oxygen it requires, and thus you never feel fully rested.
You will need a referral from your general pracitioner or specialist. Your doctor will discuss your health and sleep concerns with you, and decide with you if sleep testing is appropriate. If you wish to proceed with testing, please contact us or download our referral form. Alternatively your doctor can simply write a referral letter. Click here to find out more. 
A home sleep test (or ambulatory sleep test) is the easiest way to find out if you have a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnoea.

Our expert sleep clinicians will show you how to set up a sleep test, and you simply follow their instructions once you are home.

You sleep in your own bed at home, and the device records your sleep patterns.

You return the test kit to us the next day, and we send it to sleep technicians to have it analysed.

Then you will discuss the test results with our specialist sleep doctor at a follow up appointment, and the doctor will make recommendations to you based on the findings of the test.

A home sleep test is the ideal solution for the majority of people who need a sleep test. Most people sleep best at home, and a home sleep test provides excellent data to allow sleep specialists to see if there a sleep disorder.

If you have concerns about your sleep, talk to your general practitioner or specialist doctor. They can give you a referral for a home sleep study or an attended sleep study.

Call us for more information or to book an appointment on (02) 4339 1222.

Sleep apnoea is more than just snoring. But most people with sleep apnoea do snore. Sleep apnoea is a serious condition, associated with numerous health risks. If you or your loved one snores and wake up unrefreshed, it is vital that they consider getting a sleep test.

Here are some of the well-documented risks of having untreated sleep apnoea.

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain/obesity
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Depression
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Relationship issues

Read more here: http://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/public-information/fact-sheets-a-z/191-obstructive-sleep-apnea.html
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/sleep-apnea-conditions#1
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapneahttp://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/sleep-apnea/what-is-osa/what-happens

At Pacific Sleep Services, our caring and friendly health professionals offer the opportunity for you to stay for a night in our sleep lab. You will be cared for throughout the sleep test by our experienced health care team, leaving the next morning knowing that the results are recorded, and ready for Pacific Sleep Services to present to our team of Doctors.
Most people find this form of testing much more convenient than an overnight stay in a sleep lab. At Pacific Sleep, we take the time to explain to you how the device needs to be assembled and provide full instructions at your first appointment. With home diagnostic sleep testing, you sleep in the comfort of your own home, without distractions and in your own environment. In most cases we can organise a test for you within two weeks, or even less.
At Pacific Sleep Services we advise that you discuss your medical needs with your doctor. They will work with you to work through your options in helping you sleep better. We are here to assist you with a sleep test, to see if CPAP is required. However, the results of our tests will always be presented to a Doctor.
Please feel free to give our professional friendly staff a call at anytime. Our number is 02 4339 1222