Sleep Clinic opens in Northern NSW
DO YOU suffer from insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome or the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
A leading Sydney sleep specialist has opened his doors in Ballina to diagnose and treat all sleep disorders, and said too many snorers don't realise their noisy night-time habit is sapping their daytime energy.
"What we're finding is that many people struggle on with their sleep problems without realising the detrimental effect they have on daily life,” Dr Banerjee said.
"The reality is that what happened in bed last night has a lasting impact on your day today. "
Studies have showed 20-35% of all Australian adults experience problems like disrupted sleep, inadequate sleep duration, daytime fatigue, excessive sleepiness and irritability.
For about half of sufferers these problems can be attributed to specific treatable sleep disorders, particularly insomnia and OSA, but Dr Banerjee said in many cases the condition is undiagnosed.
"Most people tend to suffer through their bad sleep and wake unrefreshed without realising help is at hand.”
Unhealthy habits also have a damaging impact on sleep.
"They make poor night time choices that stop them getting the seven or eight hours sleep a night they need to fully function each day,” he said.
"That poor sleep is affecting their health, their mood, their relationship, their diet, their driving, their motivation to exercise and their ability to do their job safely and effectively.”
Dr Banerjee's Ballina clinic is open to all with sleep problems, regardless of whether a disorder or a habit is to blame.
"If you're waking feeling unrefreshed then I'll work with you to establish why. Often we're able to diagnose a sleep disorder with technology you use at home to monitor the quality and quantity of your sleep,” he said.
Keeping regular sleep hours, avoid sleeping in, don't nap too late or too long, and avoid using screens at night are some of his tips to improve sleep.
Dr Banerjee's Ballina clinic is held at the Ballina Health Centre, 32 Tamar St, Ballina.
For an appointment call the centre on 02 6686 9199.