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30-07-2006, 15:31   #1
 
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[Info] Sleep Clinics in Ireland/Sleep disorders

Hopefully this thread and the other tips for getting good sleep can be made into stickies once the forum gets in order.

Anyway here is a link for sleep clinics in Ireland.

http://www.isat.ie/sleep_clinics.htm

They can be found in:

-Dublin:
-Beaumount, Dublin 9
-Bons Secours, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
-Mater Private, Dublin 7
-Mater Public, Dublin 7
-St James's Hospital, Dublin 8
-Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12
-St Vincent's Private Hospital, Dublin 4
-St Vincent's Public Hospital, Dublin 4
-Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24

-Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

-Cavan General Hospital

-Cork University Hospital

-Letterkenny General Hospital

-Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar

-Merlin Park Hospital, Galway

-Naas General Hospital
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30-07-2006, 15:52   #2
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Sleep disorders.

Expanding on the thread about insomnia, here are some sleep disorders.
Maybe you have some.


Sleep Apnea

How long can you hold your breath? People with sleep apnea may stop breathing in their sleep for up to 2 minutes or more! (They usually breathe just fine when they are awake.) This happens over and over again at night, making them sleep poorly and feel very tired in the daytime.

People with sleep apnea usually snore loudly.... Do you know anyone who snores?

Sleep apnea can affect the heart, so it is a serious medical condition. It is usually treated with a special breathing mask worn during sleep.

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS)

People with this disorder can’t help staying up later and later each night, and waking up later and later each morning. They aren’t just being "night owls" by choice; something is wrong with their internal body clocks, making it impossible for them to stay in sync with the rest of the world. This problem is most common among adolescents and young adults.

The treatment usually consists of actually making the problem worse so it can finally get better.

(The opposite problem, getting sleepier earlier and earlier in the day is called Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome. It is most common among senior citizens.)

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Do your legs ever feel uncomfortable at night? Some people describe the feelings as "itchy" or "restless" or "like creepy-crawlies under my skin." People with RLS often get up and walk around at bedtime, because their legs "just won’t settle down" and it helps to move them. RLS is usually treated with medication.

Insomnia

How long does it take you to fall asleep? People with insomnia consistently take longer than 30 minutes to drift off to sleep. Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders, and it is sometimes hard to cure. Practicing good sleep hygiene may help. Sometimes the advice of a doctor or counselor is needed.

Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS)

Imagine that you fell asleep one night while someone was holding your shin. Let’s say after you fell asleep, that the person shook your leg every 20 seconds, for almost half the night! How do you think you would sleep?

A sleep disorder called Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS) is just like that, except that the person’s own muscles are doing the shaking, rather than someone else doing it. It is usually treated with medication.

Narcolepsy

The symptoms of this rare disorder include extreme drowsiness, feeling weak at emotional times, and feeling paralyzed on the borders of sleep. Animals can have narcolepsy, too. Much of the research on narcolepsy has been done on dogs. And the "fainting goats" that are sometimes displayed at State Fairs actually have narcolepsy. In humans, narcolepsy is controlled with medication.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RSBD)

Imagine what it would be like to act out your dreams, every night, while you were still sleeping! It would probably get you into some trouble, wouldn’t it? People who have RSBD do act out their dreams, and to make matters worse, their dreams tend to be more violent and aggressive than other peoples’ dreams. So they often hurt themselves, or those around them. Luckily, RSBD is quite rare.

There are many other kinds of sleep disorders, too: sleepwalking, night terrors, Jet Lag, Kleine-Levin Syndrome, bedwetting, head banging, night-time eating disorders, etc.

If you have a question about sleep disorders, or think you might know someone who has one, talk to your family doctor or a sleep specialist at an accredited sleep lab. Peachypants put up some links.

You can use this thread to discuss any of these in detail. Solutions, causes etc.
It also helps, simply to be aware of them.

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Sleep Apnea

How long can you hold your breath? People with sleep apnea may stop breathing in their sleep for up to 2 minutes or more! (They usually breathe just fine when they are awake.) This happens over and over again at night, making them sleep poorly and feel very tired in the daytime.
People with sleep apnea usually snore loudly.... Do you know anyone who snores?
This one is pretty scary when you first start seeing someone with the condition. I used to lie awake at night, and anytime he held his breath, I'd shove him sharply till he started breathing again. This tormented me for months until I looked it up. Oh! the things we do for love.
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A relation have mine has sleep apnea and he has to use a device to help him out. Very scary indeed.
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The Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust have a very helpful website here

Some good info on the disorder.

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SOME TIPS IN DEALING WITH SUSPECTED SLEEP APNOEA

The following symptoms indicate that you may be suffering from a respiratory sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnoea:

1. Loud snoring
2. Cessation of breathing during sleep, followed by an abrupt awakening
3. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
4. Drowsy driving
5. Irritability
6. Difficulty with concentration or repetitive tasks
7. Difficulty with staying awake while watching television or reading
8. Difficulty/impairment of short term memory
9. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
10. Neck/collar size of 17 inches plus

These symptoms are merely indicators and are not meant as a definitive diagnosis.
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My experience of sleep apnea

Note to mods, I believe this is relevant to the sleep forum not the medical ones. It is something I think is very worthwhile to be included here. Judge it for yourself.


I have sleep apoena, read this story, its quite scary!

I used to feel the heat all the time. I am a big lad. Only 5' 8", 18 stone, 18 1/2 inch neck and very tired all the time. If there was a prize for snoring, I would win it. In a b&b in Limerick, the people in the room next door, asked for a move. I used to think it was funny that I would be on top of the bed, bollock naked, under an open window, while the wife was in the bed in pj's, under two duvets, complaining of the cold.
I used to open the curtains and allow the cold air wash over me to cool me down at night. I used to wake in the middle of the night covered in sweat, breathing like I had just run the 100 meters.

I used to wake up in the morning with a throat that felt like I had eaten a cactus. Sometimes my throat would be swollen and it felt like I had something stuck in it. I could be in bed for ten hours and wake up wrecked. I would need a nap about half ten and if in a meeting, would doze off.

Continuous diabetes tests came back negative. This is a regular cause of tiredness. Then one day, the wife was with me at the doctor when she mentioned my snoring. The doctor just clicked. He referred me to the sleep clinic at Tallaght Hospital. They put a probe on my finger while I slept for three nights. It was conclusive - I had sleep apoena.

When someone goes to sleep, the throat narrows. This can cause snoring, the flesh in the throat vibrates. MY THROAT collapses completely. It is like someone is throttling me, my body tries to breath "while being throttled", the waking in the middle of the night was my oxygen level dropping to dangerously low levels, the brain raises the alarm and wakes me up. This happens hundreds of times a night. Because I go back "to sleep", I have no recollection of this. This causes the body to not reach deep REM sleep. This is the sleep where we get real rest, where we dream.


Now I have a machine called a CPAP. This is like a pilots mask connected to a small machine that monitors my breathing. If it senses I stop, it gently pressurises air into my throat which splints open my airway and allows me to sleep.

I had a dream last night ! Its unreal what a good nights sleep does for you until you dont have one.

The consequences of sleep apoena are wide reaching. Untreated - you are ten times more likely to have a car crash (you can fall asleep at the wheel), the constant cycle of waking, sleeping, choking, waking, sleeping, etc etc can cause high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. If these symptoms sound familiar, get it checked.

I drive and the question - "Do you have any conditions that may affect your driving" is relevant. I went unregged to post this as I dont want any insurance company to get any ideas that I am dangerous.....
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Sleep Apnea

Yeah ~ have that ...

As for the CPAP machine ... Bloody expensive €148 p/month

And medication is about ... Provigil €280 p/mth

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Expensive auld thing to have ... Hence Ive bought the partner a box of earplugs ... Price €30 for 1000

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Note to mods, I believe this is relevant to the sleep forum not the medical ones. It is something I think is very worthwhile to be included here. Judge it for yourself.


I have sleep apoena, read this story, its quite scary!

I used to feel the heat all the time. I am a big lad. Only 5' 8", 18 stone, 18 1/2 inch neck and very tired all the time. If there was a prize for snoring, I would win it. In a b&b in Limerick, the people in the room next door, asked for a move. I used to think it was funny that I would be on top of the bed, bollock naked, under an open window, while the wife was in the bed in pj's, under two duvets, complaining of the cold.
I used to open the curtains and allow the cold air wash over me to cool me down at night. I used to wake in the middle of the night covered in sweat, breathing like I had just run the 100 meters.

I used to wake up in the morning with a throat that felt like I had eaten a cactus. Sometimes my throat would be swollen and it felt like I had something stuck in it. I could be in bed for ten hours and wake up wrecked. I would need a nap about half ten and if in a meeting, would doze off.

Continuous diabetes tests came back negative. This is a regular cause of tiredness. Then one day, the wife was with me at the doctor when she mentioned my snoring. The doctor just clicked. He referred me to the sleep clinic at Tallaght Hospital. They put a probe on my finger while I slept for three nights. It was conclusive - I had sleep apoena.

When someone goes to sleep, the throat narrows. This can cause snoring, the flesh in the throat vibrates. MY THROAT collapses completely. It is like someone is throttling me, my body tries to breath "while being throttled", the waking in the middle of the night was my oxygen level dropping to dangerously low levels, the brain raises the alarm and wakes me up. This happens hundreds of times a night. Because I go back "to sleep", I have no recollection of this. This causes the body to not reach deep REM sleep. This is the sleep where we get real rest, where we dream.


Now I have a machine called a CPAP. This is like a pilots mask connected to a small machine that monitors my breathing. If it senses I stop, it gently pressurises air into my throat which splints open my airway and allows me to sleep.

I had a dream last night ! Its unreal what a good nights sleep does for you until you dont have one.

The consequences of sleep apoena are wide reaching. Untreated - you are ten times more likely to have a car crash (you can fall asleep at the wheel), the constant cycle of waking, sleeping, choking, waking, sleeping, etc etc can cause high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. If these symptoms sound familiar, get it checked.

I drive and the question - "Do you have any conditions that may affect your driving" is relevant. I went unregged to post this as I dont want any insurance company to get any ideas that I am dangerous.....

By this stage I'm convinced I have apoena. Since about 14 (21 now) I've been completely exhausted everyday, virtually no short term memory, extremely poor concentration and of course, waking up almost every night gasping for air. I had relief in April of this year when I woke up gasping but suddenly felt my airway open up. I woke up the next morning feeling the best I had in years, my thoughts were clear, I could remember what I did this day last week and I could manage conversations without forgetting the topic. It continued up until June but now I'm back in the same situation.
I've booked an appointment with my GP for Friday anyway, but I dont have health insurance so I'm hoping I'll just be able to skip straight ahead to treatment as I've heard the costs of sleep studies are astronomical.
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Sleep Apnea

Yeah ~ have that ...

As for the CPAP machine ... Bloody expensive €148 p/month

And medication is about ... Provigil €280 p/mth

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Expensive auld thing to have ... Hence Ive bought the partner a box of earplugs ... Price €30 for 1000
Jesus that's a bit steep! Mine's only €70 a month and my apneas are pretty severe - anyone else have a problem with shall we say "over inflation" during the night? Some mornings I get up and it's like someone letting the air out of a balloon! I expect to wake up some night floating to the ceiling
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Does anyone have any info on Night Terrors/ Sleep Walking?

I suffer from a combination of both- where I wake from the night terror, but it is superimposed on reality, meaning I sleep walk (or run!).

I know that I suffer from it when stressed out of upset and have done since a child, but it has become so frequent now that I hate going asleep for fear of what my poor brain will torment me with next... Tips?
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You can buy them in the States from as little as $220 - they will dipatch based on an Irish prescription. try www.cpap.com, although get it posted to a US address or the post & duty fees will take all the good from it.

Masks are about 1/3 the price also

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I have sleep apoena, read this story, its quite scary!

I used to feel the heat all the time. I am a big lad. Only 5' 8", 18 stone, 18 1/2 inch neck and very tired all the time. If there was a prize for snoring, I would win it. In a b&b in Limerick, the people in the room next door, asked for a move. I used to think it was funny that I would be on top of the bed, bollock naked, under an open window, while the wife was in the bed in pj's, under two duvets, complaining of the cold.
I used to open the curtains and allow the cold air wash over me to cool me down at night. I used to wake in the middle of the night covered in sweat, breathing like I had just run the 100 meters.

I used to wake up in the morning with a throat that felt like I had eaten a cactus. Sometimes my throat would be swollen and it felt like I had something stuck in it. I could be in bed for ten hours and wake up wrecked. I would need a nap about half ten and if in a meeting, would doze off.

Continuous diabetes tests came back negative. This is a regular cause of tiredness. Then one day, the wife was with me at the doctor when she mentioned my snoring. The doctor just clicked. He referred me to the sleep clinic at Tallaght Hospital. They put a probe on my finger while I slept for three nights. It was conclusive - I had sleep apoena.

When someone goes to sleep, the throat narrows. This can cause snoring, the flesh in the throat vibrates. MY THROAT collapses completely. It is like someone is throttling me, my body tries to breath "while being throttled", the waking in the middle of the night was my oxygen level dropping to dangerously low levels, the brain raises the alarm and wakes me up. This happens hundreds of times a night. Because I go back "to sleep", I have no recollection of this. This causes the body to not reach deep REM sleep. This is the sleep where we get real rest, where we dream.


Now I have a machine called a CPAP. This is like a pilots mask connected to a small machine that monitors my breathing. If it senses I stop, it gently pressurises air into my throat which splints open my airway and allows me to sleep.

I had a dream last night ! Its unreal what a good nights sleep does for you until you dont have one.

The consequences of sleep apoena are wide reaching. Untreated - you are ten times more likely to have a car crash (you can fall asleep at the wheel), the constant cycle of waking, sleeping, choking, waking, sleeping, etc etc can cause high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. If these symptoms sound familiar, get it checked.

I drive and the question - "Do you have any conditions that may affect your driving" is relevant. I went unregged to post this as I dont want any insurance company to get any ideas that I am dangerous.....
FYI - I declared it to my car insurance company and there was no increase in the premium, however I do now need to provide a medical cert to them each year (have not tried to move company either).

I have not yet had my driving licence renewed since diagnosis, I will likely declare here also on renewal. I have read that in the UK your licence is withdrawn until you can demonstrate that you are receiving therapy for SA.

Now that I have gone public on the system I need to consider the consequences if I rent a car abroad without it declared on the licence....
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I have a condition (as does my pop) that I am unable to sleep as a repetitive action is replayed over and over again in my mind proventing me from sleeping. Even though you may sometimes be very tired and want to nod off, you are suspended in this trapped state sometimes for hours at a time unable to sleep. The good news is that there is a solution to this problem ..............(Number one rule about no being able to sleep - Don't let it get to ya!) You may be tired the following day, but you will get over it.......... Anyway this is the solution to the problem. You have to remove the repetitive action from your mind so fill it with something else. Remove yourself from the bed, and watch some TV (it works for me) stay watching until you begin to nod off, return to the bed ...... bingo! The cycle has been broken and with a little luck, you will sleep. As the TV has fed me with alternative images, I don't see why not reading an exciting book wouldn't do the same thing. If anyone else has this problem, let me know how you get on.
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How does one get appointments at these sleep clinics?
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good.. you have provided good information over here. But actually i am from india. So do any of you guys have idea about where can i catch a sleep clinic in india. I need to find soon, I am suffering a lot.
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