What is sleep deprivation?
The standard definition of sleep deprivation is: getting less than the needed amount of sleep, which, for adults, ranges from seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Children and teens need even more nightly sleep than adults.
Through further investigations of sleep, we have found that sleep deprivation can be due to many different factors including time of sleep and fragmented sleep. From Obstructive Sleep Apnea to re-thinking the way we fall asleep to finding out information about ourselves that we may have overlooked or disregarded, there are plenty of avenues needed to be assessed for a full sleep deprivation assessment if we want to have successful treatment.
What are the 3 types of sleep deprivations?
Acute Sleep Deprivation
Refers to a short period, usually a few days or less, when a person has a significant reduction in their sleep time.
Chronic Sleep Deprivation
Also known as insufficient sleep syndrome, is defined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as curtailed sleep that persists for three months or longer.
Chronic Sleep deficiency or insufficient sleep
Can describe ongoing sleep deprivation as well as poor sleep that occurs because of sleep fragmentation or other disruptions.
Insomnia is categorized and treated differently than sleep deprivation and should not be classified together as treatment can vary largely.
Global Approach to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
What is OSA?
Partial Occlusions affect sleep quality & oxygenation equally as much as full occlusions
Issues at hand
Currently, we have seen and witnessed the effects in the healthcare system that COVID has brought. Although wait times were already long, COVID has further increased the time for proper sleep studies done at sleep labs, at times exceeding 9 months. Time is health. The longer we wait for treatment, the more damage is done to the body. That is where we come in.
How can we help?
Complete Sleep Solutions. One-Stop-Shop.
We provide our clients the power to overtake their health once again through private routes of medical care. With wait times increasing with no end in sight, we give time back to our clients and fast track treatment options for them.
Assessment of your sleep in 4 simple steps.
First, We assess your sleep through a comprehensive medical history questionnaire addressing and focusing on all issues presented.
Second, We assess any potential sleep apnea and/or sleep disturbances caused by your breathing that can lead to sleep deprivation. This is done through a Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) for 1-2 nights and is fully interpreted by a Respirologist specialized in sleep medicine and manually scored by an independent Polysomnography Technician.
Third, We review the test results together in detail ensuring there is a full understanding of the significance of the diagnosis.
Fourth, Treatment routes. This can be a variety of options:
1. A CPAP trial is provided for all Home Sleep Tests at a reduced cost that indicate a need for CPAP therapy. We assist in obtaining a final prescription for private purchase and help navigate your insurance policy if applicable.
3. Oral Appliance Therapy Assessment: We refer directly to a renowned dentist that specializes in sleep medicine. Our test will identify if you are eligible for the Oral Appliance.
4. Psychological approach to sleep. When indicated, we refer directly to renowned psychologists and executive sleep consultants for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Sleep Coaching.
5. Lifestyle Change: Having a global approach allows us to have better insight on how daily routines can affect quality of sleep.
6. Medication & Supplements: A full detailed report to the physician outlining possible need for medication to assist with a sleep disorder.
7. Oxygen Therapy if indicated.
Although not a popular route, depending on the circumstance, it could provide relief to hypoxemic events at nighttime.
8. Polysomnography: If we observe potential complex sleep apnea, we assist in fast tracking to a sleep lab for a thorough sleep study that can detect complex sleep disorders. That would require more intensive intervention.