What is Sleep?
Sleep is a complex process of restoration and renewal for the body. Scientists still do not have a definitive explanation for why humans have a need for sleep.
It is influenced by circadian rhythms, which are controlled by brain neurons that respond to light, temperature, hormones and other signals and comprise the body’s biological clock.
> Do you or your partner snore?
> Do you find yourself getting really sleepy during the day?
> Do you wake up tired no matter how long you have slept?
> Do you wake up with a dry mouth?
Sleep Problems and Breathing Issues we treat
> Insomnia & parasomnia: which includes sleepwalking, sleep talking, having sleep terrors, bedwetting and more
> Restless leg syndrome: legs doing funky things during sleep!
> Chronic fatigue syndrome: extreme fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest and can’t be explained by an underlying medical condition
> Circadian rhythm disorders: when the brain and hormones aren’t working in tandem; patients typically have insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, or both
> Narcolepsy: excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations
> Sleep paralysis: a state during waking up or falling asleep in which a person is aware but unable to move or speak
Individuals vary greatly in their need for sleep; there are no established criteria to determine exactly how much sleep a person needs. Eight hours or more may be necessary for some people, while others may consider this to be too much sleep.
For the adult population in general, seven to eight hours of sleep is recommended.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) (US) say that ‘sleep needs vary from person to person, and they change throughout the lifecycle.’
Newborns sleep between 16 and 18 hours a day, and children in preschool sleep between 10 and 12 hours a day. School-aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a day.
Research suggests that adults, including seniors, need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day to be well rested and to perform at their best.
Side lying with knees slightly bent tends to be the most comfortable position to sleep in for most conditions. It is important to make sure that the neck is well supported by having a correct pillow height. The head should remain in a straight line to the rest of your spine. Side lying however may irritate existing shoulder problems, in which case lying on your back may be more appropriate. Hip and pelvic problems may be strained when side lying, and many patients find it helps to place a pillow between the thighs as this reduces torsion through the pelvis. Sleeping on your front is generally not good as it causes your head to be rotated, causing strain to the joints in your neck and if you also use a pillow, your neck will be rotated (bent backwards) which can aggravate neck problems. Lying on your stomach may also lead to lower back sagging-so increasingly concave bend (the lordosis) which can also result in low backache.