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Sleep

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.

Thank you for asking such a fascinating question. What you describe is called the delayed sleep phase syndrome, a form of sleep disorder that involves the circadian rhythm or body clock. Most people sleep at 11-12 midnight and then wake up at 5-7 am. You sleep late and wake up late, and th...
4 Nov 2018
Dear Yang, Thanks for the D2D. Snoring is due to the excessive soft tissues in the airway, including swollen sinus turbinates, deviated nose septum, swollen adenoids, a thick long floppy palate or uvula, thick side walls of the mouth, and/or a big bulky tongue. A blocked nose ...
6 Nov 2018
Dear Yang, Thanks for the D2D. Yes. Snoring is due to an anatomical floppiness of the soft tissue and vibration in the upper airway. Studies have shown that most snoring originates from the vibration of the soft palate, other areas include the side walls of the mouth, the tongue ...
6 Nov 2018
Dear Shidi, Thanks for the D2D. The reason why you might “automatically” open your mouth at night is because your nose is blocked, hence it’s a survival instinct to open your mouth to breathe. Please do not use the Chin Strap until you have seen a sleep speci...
6 Nov 2018
Hello, Thanks for the D2D. This is very discerning of you. Yes. There are a lot of scientific evidence that CPAP is not useful in a real life setting. CPAP is only effective as long as you keep the mask on your face. There are many issues and problems with CPAP, like complian...
6 Nov 2018
Hello, Thanks for the D2D. Absolutely. You are a fairly young gentleman to have high blood pressure (hypertension). This could be also be due to a strong family history of hypertension, a high salt diet and certainly aggravated by Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Scientific studies ha...
6 Nov 2018
Hello, Thanks for the D2D. Yes. It is likely that he might have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. He seems like he has stoppages in breathing at night and he might have nose congestion which explains his mouth opening during sleep. Because of the stoppages in breathing at night, his b...
6 Nov 2018

The Ultimate Guide To Treating Sleep Apnea In Singapore (2018)

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, and I've decided to write this comprehensive guide to help patients looking for expert information online.

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

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

Ask Dr Kenny Pang: Snoring

Dr Kenny Pang is a world renowned ENT and snoring specialist. He is well versed in treating all forms of sleep disorders, including snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea, insomnia, sleepwalking, night terrors and bedwetting. He invented 2 very successful surgeries namely, the Expansion Sphincter Pharyngoplasty and the Anterior Palatoplasty. Both surgeries have yielded very successful results. 

You can submit your questions to Dr Kenny Pang by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/ask-dr-kenny-pang. He will be answering all of them by, Friday, 2 November, 2018. 

Ask Dr Kenny Pang about: 

  • When is snoring a serious problem?
  • Can snoring have long term effects on health?
  • Can surgery help with snoring?
  • Is surgery for snoring safe?
  • Treatment options for snoring and their costs

You will be notified by email once your question has been answered. If you have problems posting your question, please email your question to jeeyan@dxd.com.sg.

205 views 12 Oct 2018
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