TIME TO GO TO SLEEP: Nurse Margaret Burns, pharmacist Vivian McNamara and nurse Angela Morrissey in Casino’s sleep clinic.
TIME TO GO TO SLEEP: Nurse Margaret Burns, pharmacist Vivian McNamara and nurse Angela Morrissey in Casino’s sleep clinic. Susanna Freymark

Help to get a few good night zzzzs

NURSE Margaret Burns was bubbling with energy when she showed off the masks that help people get a good night’s sleep.

Along with registered nurse Angela Morrissey and pharmacist Vivian McNamara, the trio are the faces of Casino’s sleep clinic, which opens for the first time today.

“People have asked about sleep apnoea. They come in and ask for sleep diagnosis,” Ms Burns said.

“Older people have to travel to the Gold Coast to get sleep studies done.”

The energetic nurse has worked in the area for 15 years and is likely to know most of the people who walk through the door.

“The first time some people know about the problem is when their partners complain about snoring,” Ms Burns said.

Sleep apnoea is not only an issue for the elderly – young people can have it too, she said.

A consultation costs $99, takes 40 minutes, and at the sleep clinic the nurses “wire people up” and send them home to sleep.

At the clinic, wires are stuck to your body to measure muscle, heart and brain activity while you sleep. The machine is disconnected in the morning and the measurements analysed to see how many disruptions there were to sleep patterns.

“We go through every aspect and send it off to a sleep specialist,” Ms Burns said.

For the nurse, the clinic is about helping and supporting people with sleep apnoea.

“We will help fit masks,” she said. “When you buy a machine from us, you’re our customer for life.”

The face masks help with breathing while you sleep with the bonus of stopping snoring.



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