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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.

Alcohol has been shown to worsen sleep quality . It may help you fall asleep quicker but it certainly affects your sleep quality and reduces the amount of dream sleep or rapid eye movement sleep you get. One of the things alcohol does is that it causes the airway to become more...
13 Sep 2019

What You Should Know About Treating Sleep Apnea In Singapore (2019)

What You Should Know About Treating Sleep Apnea In Singapore (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!

315 views 23 Aug 2019
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...
18 Aug 2019
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a medical condition in which the patient suffers from repeated episodes of upper airway collapse (which means the patient literally "stops breathing" for a short period of time) during sleep. Although mostly similar, there are some differences betw...
14 Jul 2019

This Singaporean Psychiatrist Explains The Six Types Of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

This Singaporean Psychiatrist Explains The Six Types Of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

Sleep. It’s said to be even more vital to health than food or water. With numerous ailments and biological problems associated with inconsistent sleeping patterns, one of the most common consequences of bad sleeping habits is obviously tiredness. However, specific causes of tiredness can often be difficult to identify. In many cases, the problem lies within the circadian rhythm of sleep.

Dr Terence Leong currently holds a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist position at Promises Healthcare located in Novena Medical Centre. In a DoctorxDentist post, he spoke in detail on the circadian rhythm of sleep and how it could lead to tiredness. Here's what he had to share.

509 views 14 Jun 2019
One out of every two adults has nightmares on occasion. The decision of whether or not to seek help rests on these questions: i) are your nightmare(s) causing you significant distress? ii) are they interrupting your sleep on a regular basis? iii) do you suffer from conditi...
6 May 2019
A circadian rhythm sleep disorder (CRSD) arises when either the person's body clock is disrupted or when it is misaligned to the external environment. This results in an impairment of biological rhythms that affects a person's desired work/study and daily life schedule. typically ha...
6 May 2019
Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) commonly starts in adolescence as it is thought to be related to the surge of testosterone in young people. It is commonly seen in young men but I do come across young women with the same problem as well in my clinical practice. This is not surpri...
1 May 2019
The amount of sleep that a person needs is dependent on a number of factors. First, his or her age. Babies, for instance, tend to sleep many hours in day. Second, the amount of aerobic activities that he or she does in the daytime. Odd job labourers and sportsmen tend to sleep more hours and have ...
19 Feb 2019

The Ultimate Guide To Treating Sleep Apnea In Singapore (2019)

The Ultimate Guide To Treating Sleep Apnea In Singapore (2019)

A recent report published in the Straits Times showed that 1 in 3 Singaporeans have snoring problems and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Snoring and sleep apnea has always been my area of interest, so I have decided to write this comprehensive guide to help patients looking for information online.

This 2200-word post covers many questions that patients have asked me over the years, including:

  • Treating obstructive sleep apnea in Singapore
  • What a sleep clinic in Singapore does
  • How to find the best CPAP machine for yourself in Singapore
1119 views 7 Nov 2018
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