Poor sleep, especially for seniors, leads to problems

A GOOD sleep is critical to good health for seniors.

On average, we need eight hours of healthy sleep to function properly.

Poor sleep, especially for seniors, leads to cardiovascular problems, lowered immune system response, glucose and insulin abnormalities, irregular hormones and impaired cognitive function - not to mention loss of energy, anxiety, depression, memory problems, delayed reaction, trouble paying attention and the inability to retain information.

The Dusk till Dawn Sleep Centre at Cooroy, a clinical specialist in home sleep studies, monitors sleep patterns and determines if there are sleep disorders which may affect your quality of sleep.

Treatment at the centre can also involve a trial and education of CPAP (positive airway pressure) machines, a mode of respiratory ventilation used primarily in the treatment of OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea).

People with sleep apnoea repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, usually because of a blockage in the back of the throat due to the collapse of soft tissues obstructing the airway.

This can cause drops in blood oxygen levels, elevated heart rate and high blood pressure.

Kirsty Moss is the company director of Dusk till Dawn Sleep Centre.

Dusk till Dawn Sleep Centre was established in early 2014 to provide sleep services to the Sunshine Coast and the community located in the Noosa Hinterland.

"My experience as a sleep technician for the past eight years in a well-regarded practice at Nambour inspired me to open up my own sleep centre with the support of the specialist at the practice who I continue to engage as reporting physicians for my practice," she said.

"My vision for the Dusk till Dawn Sleep Centre is to be a patient-focused service that supports general practice and specialists by providing a professional, timely and flexible service."

Dusk till Dawn Sleep Centre is at The Atrium, Level 1 12/91 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin, with lift service available to level one and services clients with sleep problems from Noosa and Coolum to Gympie. Phone 54556622 for an appointment.


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