The Waikiki Private Hospital Sleep Studies Unit offers a comprehensive service to monitor and manage people with both sleep and respiratory disorders. This service aids in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), insomnia, periodic limb movements (PLM’s), narcolepsy and hypoventilation syndromes.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep Apnoea is the most common sleep disorder affecting an estimated 4% of the population. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is characterised by snoring, repetitive upper airway obstructions, oxygen desaturation episodes, arousals from sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. Untreated OSA is associated with an increased risk of obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and Atrial Fibrillation to name a few. There is also a significant increase in the risk of serious motor vehicle and industrial related accidents.
What is a Sleep Study?
During a sleep study, a patient will be connected to a variety of monitoring equipment. Their sleep (usually overnight) will then be analysed for evidence of sleep apnoea and/or other sleep disorders which may be causing daytime tiredness and fatigue. Patients will stay overnight in hospital where they are observed by qualified sleep technologists. In certain patient groups, portable or home based sleep studies may also be recommended.
Sleep studies are a preventative strategy. This assessment and associated treatment is a life changing option at a cost of one night in a hospital setting versus the thousands of dollars for treatment of associated conditions left untreated. Where there is severe obstructive sleep apnoea the use of CPAP for five hours per night can substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular related death.
What is CPAP?
CPAP therapy is available through the sleep laboratory at Waikiki. The patient will be instructed in the use of this life changing treatment by an experienced sleep technologist. CPAP simply applies an air splint to the upper airway completely eliminating the repetitive apnoea and associated sleep fragmentation.
Where do I go from here?
If you suspect you have a sleep or respiratory disorder, the first step is to consult with your GP who will advise if further, more specialised assessment is required. To have a sleep study or to see a specialist, a referral from your GP is required.
If you have a referral and need to book a sleep study or require further information please contact 1300 570 700.