What is Sleep Medicine?
Sleep medicine is a medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and related disorders. Disorders and disturbances of sleep are widespread and can have significant health and social impact for affected individuals.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common yet under recognized disorder. Obstructive sleep apnoea is a disease of upper airway collapse and its consequences. Large epidemiological study suggests 3-7% of men and 2-5% of women in the adult population have significant obstructive sleep apnoea. Symptoms includes but is not limited to snoring, stopping breathing during the night, waking up gasping for air during the night, excessive day-time sleepiness in the absence of sleep deprivation, waking up feeling tired and unrefreshed, dosing off during the day unintentionally, poor daytime concentration and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. Significant untreated obstructive sleep apnoea, even when asymptomatic, has been shown to have an impact on long term health, including increasing risks of adverse cardiovascular events such as high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease.
If these symptoms sound familiar to you or your partner, ask your GP for a referral letter to see Dr Wu for a consultation. You don’t have to be overweight to have obstructive sleep apnoea!
What to Expect?
Dr Wu will begin the consultation with two questionnaires that would help him assess the likelihood of you having obstructive sleep apnoea. Please download and complete the Berlin Questionnaire and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and bring them with you to your initial consultation with Dr Wu. You will also undertake a physical examination and assessment of general respiratory health status.
If required, Dr Wu will discuss with you the different options of investigations. This usually involves a diagnostic sleep testing to confirm the diagnosis, assess the pattern and severity of disease, in order to recommend individualized treatment options tailored to your personal circumstance. If treatment has been recommended, further treatment testing maybe required, to ensure the efficacy of the therapy in treating the condition.