“I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.
This famous quote from “Werewolves of London” singer songwriter Warren Zevon in some ways sums up the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude many Australians have had in the past to getting adequate amounts of good quality sleep. Unfortunately, Warren passed away in his early fifties (which is curious in itself).
Thankfully Australians are now starting to realise that along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is vitally important in ensuring holistic good health. Much of this greater awareness around sleep deprivation has been fed by increased screen time for many people, particularly at night time. Additionally, older people wanting to stay active and enjoy life to the fullest are now more aware of poor sleep patterns and its impacts on their quality of life.
So, how do you get to sleep and stay there? Who is the best person to talk to about getting to sleep, and back to sleep? There is a better alternative to Googling it, and trying to work it out for yourself? Help is at hand.
Doctors know that chronic conditions can be very debilitating, both physically and mentally, and they regularly assist patients to manage their diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma etc. Your doctor is trained to understand and diagnose such conditions, to seek specialist support where appropriate, and to help you treat and manage them. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and insomnia are chronic conditions which disrupt sleep. Your doctor is the best person to start you on the journey to better sleep.