‘Junk sleep’ leads to ‘Junk food’?

Last month, The Huffington Post published a really interesting article about the link between ‘junk sleep’ and ‘junk food’.

We find it fascinating the amount of emphasis society places on a healthy diet and exercise regime, but the lack of time spent on promoting a healthy sleep regime. We all know the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ – but how about ‘you are how you sleep’!

Studies have shown, if you consistently achieve poor quality sleep, you are more likely to overeat, abandon healthy eating habits and make poor food choices – hence ‘junk sleep’ leads to ‘junk food’.

Consistent poor quality sleep has been shown to affect:

  • Appetite-regulating hormones
    Sleep deprivation can cause us to feel constantly hungry, and never satisfied with our normal meals – leading to extra, and unnecessary calorie consumption.
  • Decision-making and behavioural responses to food choices
    A tired brain has been proven to correlate with certain food cravings – so not only do we consume extra calories – but these are ‘junk’ calories.
  • Willpower
    Sleep plays a pivotal role in our ability to make decisions. We are more prone to cave in to our temptations if we have experienced poor sleep. For example – A Big Mac from the Drive-Thru.

A lot of people are unaware they are achieving poor quality sleep. They may be in bed for the recommended 7-9 hours, but the sleep they get is of poor quality. A number of aspects and influences can affect quality of sleep. For example caffeine, alcohol, light, noise, temperature, mattress and pillows etc. It is important to get your sleep environment right in order to make those 7-9 hours in bed worthwhile.

There could also be other health related issues going on, that are preventing you from getting the quality sleep you need. Sleep Apnoea is one of the most commonly undiagnosed sleep conditions, whereby 80% of those who have the condition, are unaware. Symptoms include interrupted breathing, snoring, sleepiness during the day, extreme fatigue, anxiety, depression, lack of sex drive, irritability, and frequent visits to the toilet during the night, or waking up with a dry mouth.

Too often people make New Year’s resolutions to have a healthy diet, or to go to the gym every day – neglecting their sleep pattern, which could be the crux of their health problems. There are effective recommendations and treatments for Sleep Apnoea (CPAP), and other sleep disorders. Do not ignore the symptoms and seek advice.

Make 2016 a healthy year, all round; with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and good quality sleep.

 

Ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pete-bils/junk-sleep_b_8537278.html

Heated CPAP Tube to transform Humidification

As the seasons change, and Winter really starts to take its toll – your CPAP therapy may go through some unwelcome changes.

If you are a CPAP user, who also uses a humidifier – one comfort accessory you should most definitely get your hands on, is the Hybernite Heated Breathing Tube.

The main drawback of humidification is “rainout” (build-up of condensation in the hose and mask). This is caused when warm air from the humidifier, meets the cold tubing – leading to condensation. The Hybernite Heated Breathing Tube eliminates this problem, instead keeping the air warm, on its journey from your CPAP humidifier, to your CPAP mask.

The Hybernite Heated Breathing Tube takes the place of our existing standard tubing, and has its very own power supply. It is available to everyone, as it can be combined with any CPAP humidifier, to provide a transformed humidification process. There will be no more rain out, no more empty water chambers every morning, and no more inconsistent pressure levels.

Head over to our website to get your hands on this must have CPAP Comfort Accessory!

Your Sleep Study options…

Sleep Apnoea is a commonly undiagnosed medical condition. Up to 80% of those who suffer with the condition, are completely unaware of it. This needs to be addressed and shared as Sleep Apnoea can result in a number of serious physical and mental health consequences.

Numerous physical and mental consequences of Sleep Apnoea include stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, memory loss, ADHD and obesity; with links to various other conditions being discovered on an ongoing basis.

There are a number of ways to identify the potential presence of Sleep Apnoea in yourself, a loved one, a colleague or a friend. Symptoms to look out for are:

– Snoring
– Anxiety
– Depression
– Lack of interest in sex
– Irritability & mood swings
– Headaches
– Frequent visits to the toilet at night
– Waking with a dry or sore throat
– Feeling sleepy or tired in the day

If you recognise any of the above symptoms – take steps to get to the root of problem.

Intus Healthcare offers quick, convenient and in home Sleep Studies to distinguishing whether you, or somebody you know could be suffering from Sleep Apnoea.

There are two choices of Sleep Study to choose from:

Finger Pulse Oximetry Sleep Study
This monitors your heart rate and blood oxygen levels throughout the night. You must also fill in a detailed medical questionnaire. In many cases, this alone may be sufficient to identify Sleep Apnoea.

Multi-Channel Respiratory Sleep Study
This monitors your heart rate and blood oxygen levels, but additionally monitors chest resistance, respiratory flow, body position and other data channels to form a more in-depth picture of your sleep. You must also fill in a detailed medical questionnaire with this study also.

We would encourage opting for the Multi-Channel Respiratory Sleep Study, as it provide a more thorough and conclusive result and diagnosis – but the choice is entirely up to you.

Sleep Studies are usually processed within 7-10 days – meaning if you’re diagnosed with Sleep Apnoea, you can receive the most effective treatment (CPAP) within 2 weeks.

Get in touch with our Customer Care Team if you have any questions or queries, and they would be more than happy to guide and support you through your Sleep Study options.