In Australia in 2010 the prevalence of sleep disorders was 8.9% (Obstructive sleep apnea[OSA] 4.7%, insomnia 3% and restless leg syndrome [RLS]1.22%)2 . There is a link between sleep problems and chronic pain, heart problems, Type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, depression, and much more. Most importantly it is related to feeling tired, and to having disgruntled […]
Category: Sleep Apnoea
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, in exasperation ‘How to stop snoring?!’, never fear, our simple 3 step approach can help!
What is snoring? According to Wikipedia, “snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it can be loud and unpleasant. Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Research suggests […]
Do you wake up feeling tired and irritable? Does your partner complain about you snoring, choking, or gasping in your sleep? Just can’t remember the last time you had a genuinely good night’s sleep? Perhaps you need to investigate the possibility you may be one of the many Australian sufferers of sleep apnea.
On average, we spend a third of our lives, or approximately 26 years asleep. That’s a lot of time! That’s a lot of time in which dental disorders such as bruxism and TMJ can be exacerbated. But it’s also a lot of time during which our mouths and jaws can be helped to heal and realign. Today we look at two common oral health issues that can be minimised or eradicated by the prescription and consistent application of certain oral sleep devices.
Lately there is a lot of talk about the effects of different sleep disorders which cause lack of sleep, poor sleep quality or difficulty breathing during sleep. If you want to be able to get your head around the actual size of the problem, try reading this article. Re-awakening Australia was put together by […]
Generally, the body is programmed to sleep best overnight and to be most alert during the day and early evening. If you are a shiftworker, it might not be that easy. The average shiftworker sleeps one hour a day less than someone who doesn’t work shifts. This can be extremely dangerous in many fields of […]
It’s Sleep Awareness Week! Sleep plays an extremely important role in good health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
Our dentists: Karen, Russell and Polly recently attended the 6th International Symposium – Sleep and Pain from Research to Reality held in Sydney. This allowed our dentists to gain knowledge on all the latest research and practices for patients with Sleep Apnoea and related pain. Snoring, a common symptom of Sleep Apnoea, may be averted just by […]
The staff at McCloy dental participated in a mindfulness and meditation workshop on the weekend! Thanks to Fatima for coming and teaching us some very useful tools.
Sleep apnoea is the new “big thing” in medicine. Everywhere you look someone we know is being diagnosed with it. It has been blamed for traffic and shipping accidents, marriage break-ups and lots more. So what do we know about it? We know that snoring and sleep apnea are not necessarily coincidental. We know that […]
There is a lot of information out there about sleep apnoea. The really important thing to know about it is that it means that you have a decrease or stoppage of airflow during your sleep. This usually occurs with a decrease in the amount of oxygen going through your blood stream. As you can imagine, […]
CPAP ranks right up there with the best of Aussie inventions. Whether you love CPAP or hate CPAP, it has definitely been the major innovation in the treatment of sleep. Before the invention of CPAP by Professor Colin Sullivan the treatment for severe sleep apnoea was tracheotomy, so having some air blown down your throat […]
Did you know that the most common sleep disturbance is not sleep apnoea but insomnia? Insomnia can strike at the time or sleep onset, or it may affect your ability to maintain sleep. Sleep apnoea may contribute to insomnia by causing sleep fragmentation linked to apnoeic events. There are simple sleep hygiene procedures that should […]
Congratulations to Karen on graduating from her Masters of Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine) at the University of Sydney. Karen can now add some MORE letters after her name! Very well done.
Congratulations to Karen on completing her Masters of Science (Sleep Medicine) from the University of Sydney. Russell, Karen and the family are heading down to Sydney for her graduation in May. Well done Karen!
Dr Mary J Morrell has been investigating the physiology of a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnoea, which can cause people to stop breathing during sleep. This disrupted sleep has implications for their ability to function during the day, as well as for their cardiovascular system. Watch this video to find out more about […]
An explanation of sleep apnea and causes
This is an example of a patient with a 40 sec apnoea
Now why would a dentist be talking about sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea is a sleeping giant (joke). It is something that we have all taken for granted & nearly all of us know a snoring joke or two. The problem is that we now know that sleep apnoea is no laughing matter. Sleep apnoea has […]