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Having trouble sleeping?
Sleep accounts for approximately one third of our lives. Sleep disturbances are very common and include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Choking sensations during the night
- Apnoea ( periods of no breathing)
- Morning headaches
- Loss of memory
- Decrease in concentration
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is associated with significant medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart failure, obesity, depression and lung disease.
The best way to diagnose a sleep disorder is with a sleep study.
Overnight admission to a sleep disorders unit will enable observation of your breathing and sleep patterns. Small electrodes are placed on your skin to measure:
- Brain activity
- Heart activity
- Eye activity
- Muscle tone
- Chest and abdominal effort
- Leg movement
- Blood oxygen level
None of these devices are uncomfortable and should not interfere with your night’s sleep. These monitoring devices are connected to a terminal located at the bedside which sends information to a computer located at the nurses station. During the night a trained nurse will constantly monitor your progress to ensure the best quality study is recorded.
A highly trained physician reviews the sleep study to assist in providing a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, your specialist will discuss a treatment plan to assist you in returning to better health and better sleeping.
Your nearest sleep studies unit is located at Wangaratta Private Hospital. The service is available to self-funded, Veterans and privately insured patients.
For more information please see your General Practitioner or Physician or contact Wangaratta Private Hospital on 03 5722 2678 for more information about the service.