Roughly 40 per cent of Canadians will experience a sleep disorder during their lifetime, which can lead to serious health risks over time, according to sleep research. Long working days, social and family responsibilities, irregular shift work and illness can lead to self-imposed sleep restriction, while an untreated or undiagnosed physiological condition may cause a chronic disorder that disrupts the quantity or quality of sleep.
Stimulants such as caffeine and energy drinks are at best a short-term solution to improve daily functioning in those suffering from sleep deprivation.
One of the more common disorders is sleep apnea, a condition in which an individual stops breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea is associated with serious health conditions that include high blood pressure, heart failure, cardiovascular disease, depression and type 2 diabetes, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Additional consequences of sleep disorders include a weakened immune system, impaired vigilance during tasks that require precision and attention, such as driving, as well as an increased risk of accidents in the workplace.
The following are some of the sleep studies we offer at our clinic that may be useful for investigating and managing your sleep: