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WHAT IS INSOMNIA?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that regularly affects millions of people worldwide. In short, individuals with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. The effects can be devastating.
It can undermine school and work performance, as well as contribute to daytime sleepiness, obesity, anxiety, depression, irritability, concentration problems, memory problems, poor immune system function, and reduced reaction time.
Insomnia can be caused by physical and psychological factors. Some of the common causes of Insomnia are:
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Dr. Snore has a wide range of snoring solutions to ensure you and your partner have a peaceful night sleep.
NightLase is a brand new laser therapy which is being used to treat sleep apnoea. It works by warming the tissue at the back of the throat, stimulating collagen tissue and causing it to contract and tighten. Generally, a course of treatments will entail 3-4 sessions over an 8-week period. Dr Mark Levi and world renowned Dr Harvey Shiffman (Florida, USA) get an average improvement of 75% or greater using the NightLase laser treatment (with the Florida protocols). One maintenance treatment per year will be required to ensure the continued efficacy of the treatment.
The MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) and other dental devices are tailor made to fit the patient’s mouth and are worn like a mouth guard during sleep. It works to bring the jaw and tongue forward and lift the soft palate, keeping the airway open during sleep. While the efficacy of these devices is somewhat lower than that of the CPAP, compliance is much higher due to the comfort and ease of wearing the device. This means that overall, a MAS can be a better treatment option than CPAP, due to higher patient compliance. The MAS is a great option for those who have had some success with the CPAP but find the noise or discomfort of the machine irritating.
CPAPThe CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, has always been considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea. This treatment involves the patient wearing a gas mask over their mouth and nose and having a pump push air through the mouth into the lungs. While this is an extremely effective way of treating sleep apnoea, it is not very comfortable, meaning patients are unlikely to use the CPAP all night every night. In fact, a recent study from Sydney University found that in the first year of being given a CPAP, patient compliance was extremely low, with most patients using the machine for just a few hours a few nights a week. So while effectiveness when wearing the mask is extremely high, the overall effectiveness of the CPAP machine is often reduced due to low patient compliance.
In extreme cases, patients are sometimes referred to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor for surgery. There are a variety of surgeries which can be performed to ease snoring or sleep apnoea, however they do involve a considerable amount of pain and recovery time for the patient. Furthermore, the results of surgery generally last only about two years.