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Sleep is a fundamental human need. The most common sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnoea, caused by narrower airways. Sleep deprivation can have long term health consequences.

Sleep is not just a matter of closed eyes and "switching-off" for the night. It's actually an active process that involves increased metabolic and brain activity. There are two main phases of sleep. dream sleep (known as Rapid Eye Movement, or REM), and non-dream (non-REM) sleep,

Dream sleep is essential for humans. The brain is highly active at this time even though the body is not moving.

However, people with sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA - one of the most common sleep disorders) will experience disrupted sleep and overall poor sleep quality. People who have OSA or other sleep disorders will suffer from the symptoms of sleep deprivation: poor memory, poor concentration, high blood pressure, and irritability. They are also at risk of more long-term health consequences, such as heart disease, stroke, and sudden death in sleep.

If unsure, always check with a doctor to investigate the cause behind poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Singapore: A GP's Take on Snoring (2019)

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Singapore: A GP's Take on Snoring (2019)

The importance of a good night's sleep should not be neglected. Sleep is just as important as the roles of exercise and proper diet in maintaining your health.

It is recommended for us to have around 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep enables our body to rest and recuperate in preparation for the day ahead. It allows our mind and body to function at optimal levels.

However, it is not just the quantity of sleep that is important. The quality of sleep is just as essential. Certain medical conditions can affect the quality of sleep.

Snoring is a common condition affecting many of us. It affects our sleep and can be linked to breathing issues. On the other hand, sleep apnea is often a bigger problem. This is because it can lead to other serious issues if left unchecked.

Here, I would like to explain in detail, the characteristics and factors that lead to sleep apnea and introduce possible treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea. Hopefully, with this article, you will be able to understand how you can manage the condition.

Read on to find out what you can take away from this article!

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Thank you for asking question on such a commonly encountered scenario at the clinic. At the outset, may I qualify that it will be important to distinguish between fatigue and daytime sleepiness. Patients who are tired need to rest and their sense of exhaustion will go away whereas f...
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