Advice About Insomnia and Treatment in Brisbane

Insomnia is a term used when a person is concerned with their ability to sleep. As sleep can affect a number of elements in your everyday life, such as mood, memory, concentration and general wellbeing, it makes sense for individuals to determine the cause of their restlessness as soon as possible. If you are looking to see an insomnia treatment specialist in Brisbane, Sleepcare may be able to assist you. As a team of specialists who focus on sleep disorders, we have extensive knowledge of possible solutions to aid you to have restful night’s sleep.

Tips for those concerned about insomnia

Drugs

Avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and hypnotic drugs.

Exercise

Regular early evening aerobic exercise followed by a hot bath or shower is healthy for sleep and the ability to cope with occasional sleep loss.

Wind down 

Indulge yourself with at least 30 minutes of relaxing, quiet, pleasureable activity before lights out time.

Sleep timing 

Maintain regular sleep and wake times appropriate for the required length of sleep. Optimum sleep period is centred over the low body temperature time which is governed by the body's internal clock  – the circadian (24 - hour) rhythm. Exposure to strong light upon final morning wakening will stop the rhythms from drifting later. Sleep periods and rhythms that are too early may require strong evening light in addition to exercise to delay sleep to a more convenient time. Avoid daytime napping unless that is a preferred and convenient habit.

CPAP machines in Brisbane

One issue that can cause sleeping disruption is breathing difficulties throughout the night. CPAP uses a machine to maintain breathing and can assist users to get a better rest. For more information on CPAP, please speak to your sleep medicine specialist in our Brisbane clinic.

BE INFORMED ABOUT SLEEP

Brief nighttime wakenings about every 90 minutes are a normal part of the sleep pattern especially in older individuals. Sleep perception is inaccurate and sleep time is almost always greater than estimated. Night worries may be biological driven when awakening out of REM sleep. The primary cause of worry is biological rather than from the object of the worry. The biological arousal should dissipate over 10 - 20 minutes if not reinforced by a focus on the objects of the worrying thoughts. You have had an adequate amount of sleep if you function well the next day - free of tiredness and sleepiness.   Some people need less than the average of 7.5 hours for adults.

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO INSOMNIA

  • Poor sleep hygiene (bad habits like reading in bed)
  • Too much noise and discomfort so you are too hot or there is has too much light
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Untreated medical and physical problems – depression, chronic pain, restless legs or sleep apnoea.
  • Use of drugs (alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, sleeping tablets, etc.)
  • Circadian rhythm abnormalities (a pattern of going to bed too early or staying up too late means that other nights it will be hard to get to sleep at a set time )

FAQ's

  • What determines which sleep apnoea treatment I am offered ?

  • Government assistance for pensioners and others with low incomes to get a CPAP machine

  • Is my blocked nose relevant?

  • I snore badly and have sleepiness, but my sleep study was fairly normal

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Brisbane’s Professional Sleep Disorder Study Centre
While sleep is a natural part of our existence, it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you have trouble sleeping – whether you struggle to fall asleep or are perennially tired – SleepCare’s specialist sleep study centre may be able to uncover the root cause of your issues.
When you visit our sleep clinic, you will experience a study run by doctors who are specialists in sleeping disorders. As active members of the Australia Sleep Association, SleepCare is a specialist clinic focused on helping patients obtain a better night’s rest.
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We are the sleep apnoea specialists
More than a snoring problem, sleep apnoea is a potentially serious condition where the airways become blocked while sleeping. If you believe that you may be suffering from this condition, it’s important to seek medical advice. As a specialist clinic, SleepCare will perform a polysomnogram (psg) – that is, a test used to diagnose sleeping disorders – in order to confirm the root cause of your problems.
Treatment may involve a combination of lifestyle changes (e.g. weight loss), use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or a special mouth guard which holds the jaw forward.
Are you searching for a Brisbane based sleep clinic?
If you suffer from obstructed airways, restless legs, insomnia or simply have trouble falling asleep at night, SleepCare invites you to undertake testing at our specialist sleep study centre in Brisbane.
For more information, contact our clinic today on 1300 753 375
  • Brisbane’s Professional Sleep Disorder Study Centre
  • We are the sleep apnoea specialists
  • Are you searching for a Brisbane based sleep clinic?