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About 7HourSleep - Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders Treated by 7HourSleep


7HourSleep specialises in Sleep and Fatigue Management Solutions. Our Sleep Health Solution addresses a variety of Sleep Disorders, which include:

A sleep disorder, or somnipathy, is a medical disorder of a person’s sleep patterns. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with the physical, mental, and social well-being of a person. For more information and to discuss your specific needs, contact 7HourSleep to speak with one of our sleep consultants.




Insomnia occurs when one struggles to fall or stay asleep or when one wakes up too early in the morning. Acute insomnia lasts from a few days up to 4 weeks, while chronic insomnia may last more than 4 weeks.

Symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Impaired daytime performance
  • Loss of concentration
  • Loss of motivation
  • Moodiness or irritability

Insomnia is a condition where medical intervention is needed. It is usually treated by practicing good sleep hygiene with the help of a medical professional specializing in sleep disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia, which is an approved method for treating insomnia without medication, has proved successful. If you have insomnia, remember that it is a very common sleep disorder which can be successfully treated. It is possible to enjoy a peace full, stress less night's rest and awake refreshed the next morning.

Learn more about causes, symptoms and treatment of chronic and acute insomnia.

Contact us to speak to a sleep consultant for advice on how we can help you.


Sleep Breathing Disorders

Sleep Disordered Breathing is a very common sleep disorder. It includes snoring, Obstructibe Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, Mixed Sleep Apnea, and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common form of breathing disorder. It is characterised by frequent breathing pauses during sleep and can lead to complications such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and stroke.

Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Snoring
  • Tiredness during the day
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Morning headaches

Treatment for sleep breathing disorders include:

  • Positive Airway Pressure Therapy
  • A mandibular advancement device that pulls the lower jaw forward in an attempt to open the airway. This may help for mild to moderate sleep apnea
  • Surgical intervention may be indicated in selected cases


Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome is a disorder that causes an urge to move the legs. It causes uncomfortable 'pins and needles' feelings in the legs which might be worse when sitting still or lying down. It usually feels better when moving the legs or walking around. It may return during bedtime and may cause people to struggle to fall asleep.

If you struggle with pins and needles or suspect restless leg syndrome, please consult with your healthcare practitioner or contact us for more information.


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease GERD is a condition where the oesophagus becomes irritated or inflamed due to acid build-up from the stomach. It is especially prevalent in people suffering from Sleep Apnea. The closure of the airway causes a vacuum effect in the throat resulting in the flow of stomach acids from the stomach into the oesophagus.

If you struggle with an irritated or inflamed oesophagus or suspect you suffer from GERD, please consult with your healthcare practitioner or contact us for more information.


Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

Cicadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder is a problem with the body's internal clock. It can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormonal release, eating habits, body temperature and other important bodily functions. Two common Circadian Rhythm Disorders are Shift Work Disorder and Jet Lag.


Shift Work Disorder

Shift Work Disorder is characterised by Insomnia and excessive sleepiness affecting people whose work hours overlap with normal sleep hours. It includes early morning shifts, overnight shifts, shifts that carry on into the night and rotating shifts.

Shift Work Sleep Disorder may lead to increased risk of work-related accidents or costly mistakes due to fatigue. Symptoms include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Increased long-term health complications include:

  • Colds and flu or other immune system complications
  • Heart disease
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Different forms of cancers
  • Increased cholesterol levels

Treatment usually includes special sleep hygiene training in how to handle changes in shifts and sleep-wake scheduling. Feel free to contact us if you wish to find out more.


Jet Lag

Jet Lag occurs when a person travels over multiple time zones and has trouble adjusting to the new time zone. It can be worsened by sleep loss due to travel; stress, caffeine and alcohol use and sitting uncomfortably for long periods of time.

Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in falling asleep
  • A decrease in daily performance
  • Mild feeling of illness
  • Tiredness

Treatment includes exposure to sunlight at the destination; planning ahead and exercise.





Disclaimer: The information on this website is for education purposes only and intended to answer some of the frequently encountered questions about the meaning of 'Sleep' and 'Fatigue'. If you have any questions regarding the information contained on the website or in the brochures please consult with your healthcare practitioner.