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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.

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
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
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 base and / o...
6 Nov 2018
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 specialist or nose...
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 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
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 will cause t...
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
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