Snoring is common, affecting about 57% of adult men and 40% of adult women. Although you may not think of it as a problem, snoring is often linked to health problems - such as obstructive sleep apnea - and could also be disrupting the quality of sleep of your partner. Here are 10 ways you can reduce your snoring:
Age significantly affects your sleep needs. Your sleep cycles, stress levels, exercise levels and diet change throughout the years, which all impact your sleep. While sleep habits differ for everyone, sleep experts have specific recommendations for each age group.
Urgent Product Defect Correction on Specific Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiLevel PAP) devices, and Mechanical Ventilators
The TGA is currently working with Philips on its global recall action for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP) devices and mechanical ventilators due to risks posed by the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam component in these devices. Read more to find the links, hotline, and information Philips and the TGA have provided for patients and users.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a medical device used to treat sleep apnea by preventing the upper airways from collapsing. Although this device is highly effective, patients may encounter problems which can cause discomfort. Here are some common complications our CPAP Consultants see and how they address them:
Feeling more tired than normal now that winter has hit? You’re not alone. With less sunlight during the day, our bodies produce more melatonin and less serotonin, making us sleepier. However, you may also find you are sleeping worse during winter – here are 3 tips to help improve your sleep during winter.
Philips Respironics has announced that it is initiating a voluntary recall notification for Continuous and Non-Continuous Ventilators (certain CPAP, BiLevel PAP and Ventilator Devices, including DreamStation machines and System One machines). Philips Respironics takes patient safety very seriously, and is currently engaging with Australian regulatory bodies to rectify the issues. You can view the list of impacted machines, and FAQs here: www.philips.com/SRC-update.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – a common sleep disorder linked to a range of health problems. Patients with OSA have a higher risk of developing heart problems, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and strokes. Thankfully, research has shown that CPAP treatment helps lower these risks by preventing apneas during sleep.
Do you feel guilty when taking an afternoon snooze? Don’t. Research shows napping can benefit our cognitive function – Here’s how.
The traditional 9-5 work day has shifted for many people. Now, it’s common for people to work night shifts or ‘graveyard shifts’ from 11pm – 7am, which drastically increases the likelihood of crashes.
If you suffer from daytime tiredness and always feel unrefreshed, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – a sleep condition which disturbs your breathing during sleep.
Sleep is a basic human necessity, despite how often we push it to the side. Study after study has shown that our sleep is intrinsically linked to our overall health – here’s 5 ways your sleep habits could be affecting your health.
A new report in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has revealed the astounding impact of sleep disorders on the U.S. Health care system. Sleep problems cost the system close to $95 billion a year, and increase health care costs by 60%. Researcher Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya says, “Our estimates are likely low, considering we know there are a large number of patients not yet diagnosed with a disorder like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and insomnia.”
For adults suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), how consistently you use your CPAP machine could have a significant effect on your weight, not just your sleep. Researchers have found that patients who used CPAP for 5 hours or less per night had an increased BMI compared to patients who used CPAP for more than 5 hours per night. You can view more details of the study here: https://bit.ly/33romtE
Many people find it difficult to stay asleep during the night. You might brush it off, but studies show that frequent disruptions to sleep can seriously affect your health – particularly in women.
Studies have shown that your sleeping position may have an impact on your health, especially those with pre-existing heart conditions.
Taking care of your sleep apnea also means you are taking care of your brain. Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder that involves repetitive pauses in your breathing during sleep. These pauses in your breathing reduce the oxygen flow to your brain, leading to a range of health problems.
According to the American College of Greece, approximately half of the male population have sleep apnea as opposed to one in five women.
It is well known that sleep apnea can leave you feeling tired and grouchy due to a lack of sleep, but a recent study shows that you may also come across as a cranky employee.
Many chronic conditions are linked to each other, which means having one increases your risk for developing another. About 85% of people ages 60 or older have at least one chronic disease, and 60% have at least two.
If you wake up during the night due to shortness of breath, your body might be telling you something about your heart.
Snoring is common amongst many children, however new research has shown that it may be associated with structural changes in the brain causing behavioural and learning problems.
Did you know that driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
Many people snore for different reasons, so it is important to separate the myths and facts to better understand your health. Here are 5 facts you should know about snoring.
Although CPAP machines now have multiple humidification options, many patients still struggle with having dry or stuffy sinuses after using their CPAP machine. Thankfully, you can treat any dry or stuffy noses with Flo Sprays!
During the last 14 years, there has been a dramatic increase in insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea amongst active-duty military members. From 2005-2019, insomnia increased 45-fold, and sleep apnoea increased over 30-fold.
Sleep studies diagnose sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea. They are one of the best ways to identify any issues with your sleep.
With so many new wearable technologies, it is easy to get access to your day-to-day health statistics – and now, fitness trackers are starting to measure your blood oxygen saturation, or SpO2, which could help detect sleep apnoea.
You’ve made the decision to start working on your sleep – so what now? For those looking for ways to improve their sleeping habits, start with the 10 Commandments of Sleep Hygiene. These simple steps can help you fall asleep faster, for longer, and more deeply.
It’s sleep awareness week! We all know we need sleep – but we rarely get enough of it. 7-8 hours of sleep is recommended for most adults, but many Australians are functioning on much less. For some, operating on 5-6 hours per night might even be a point of pride. But getting enough sleep is a necessity when it comes to our health. Here are just 10 things that 8 hours of sleep does for you.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) affects more than just your sleep. A new study from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has shown a link between severe untreated OSA and dementia. Researchers found that untreated OSA patients had higher levels of beta-amyloid protein – the protein which builds up in brain arteries and increases the risk of dementia.
Upwards of 83% of patients who start CPAP therapy are non-compliant over the long term. Starting CPAP therapy is crucial – but it is just as important to make sure you keep using CPAP consistently to achieve your best health outcome.
There are so many important reasons for treating sleep apnoea – your heart health, mental health, productivity, safety and more! But did you know that scientists have shown CPAP therapy can also make you look younger and more attractive?
Sleep apnoea is more than just a snoring problem – and it can have much deeper consequences than tiredness. Did you know that diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnoea have been strongly linked?
A new study has shown that using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment can lower the risk of heart disease in people with prediabetes.
A new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has shown that even a small increase in physical activity can lower the risk of developing sleep apnea.
Are you experiencing a problem that warrants a visit to a Sleep Specialist? Here are 15 reasons you may want to speak to a Sleep Physician.
Getting a peaceful sleep can be difficult with the sound of heavy breathing or snoring next to you – but what is actually causing it?