Sleep Disorders

  • Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

    Snoring and sleep apnoea effect a great many patients and families in and around Melbourne.

    While distinct disorders, some 10% of snorers also have sleep apnoea, which is in turn linked to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke…

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  • Narcolepsy and Idiopathic Hypersomnia

    The chronic neurological disorder of narcolepsy involves excessive daytime sleepiness, and is often associated with sleep paralysis, hallucinations and cataplexy.

    Idiopathic hypersomnia is a quite rare disorder with similar symptoms—and often involving daytime sleeps of 1 – 2 hours which are however not refreshing…

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  • Insomnia

    Insomnia comes in many forms, but always involves difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep.

    Most people have experienced some form of insomnia during their lives, and it’s estimated that 10% of people have some form of insomnia at any moment…

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  • Restless Leg Syndrome

    Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition involving significant discomfort in limbs.

    People variously describe the discomfort as pulling, itching, tingling, prickling, crawling, boring or pain. It affects the legs more than the arms, causes very strong urges to move affected limbs—and usually can’t be resisted…

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  • Parasomnias

    Parasomnias are a group of disruptive sleep problems most commonly seen in children but possible at any stage of life, which can result in undesirable physical or verbal behaviours.

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  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders

    Circadian rhythm disorders involve disruptions to the ‘circadian rhythm’—the name for our ‘internal body clock’ that regulates our 24 hour cycle of biological processes through a combination of light sensitivity and protein and hormone production.

    Our body clock keeps us synchronised with the cycle of daylight, and when this synchronisation is either delayed (Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome) or advanced (Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome), these circadian rhythm disorders can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and increased risk of depression…

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