Get a better night's sleep
Unrefreshing and disrupted sleep is common in chronic health conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and POTS/OI, however, it can be treated separately. We pride ourselves on noticing sleep disorders and taking action to help you regain some control of your sleep.
What causes poor sleep?
Poor sleep can be caused by one or a combination of things, including:
Light sleep depth
Irregular sleeping times
Not getting enough sleep
A sleep disorder.
We can investigate your current sleep patterns and help you make changes to get a better sleep.
What are sleep disorders?
A sleep disorder is a medical condition where there is a problem with a person's sleep pattern. Sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder and there are two main types: obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and central sleep apnoea (CSA).
OSA is the most common type of sleep apnoea. OSA is a partial or complete blockage of a person's airways while they're asleep, which makes them stop or almost stop breathing for short periods of time.
CSA is when a person stops or almost stops breathing for short periods of time while they're asleep because the brain momentarily 'forgets' to tell the body to breathe. CSA includes narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.
Sleep disorders can cause fatigue, or exist alongside a fatigue or pain syndrome. Our team is experienced in identifying sleep disorders and managing them so that they don't develop into a pain or fatigue syndrome.
Our sleep disorders program is focused on sleep but takes a holistic approach. We will do a thorough assessment of your health during your first appointment. Depending on your particular situation, you may need 3-4 individual sessions over 1-2 months, or longer if you also have a fatigue or pain syndrome.
The sessions focus on:
Sleep physiology and sleep hygiene
Activity pacing and day-to-day management
General exercise advice.
If necessary, we can also refer you to a sleep physician to have a sleep test or medication prescribed, through your GP.
See our Testimonials page to hear from those who have experienced our sleep disorders program for themselves.
Cost and questions
For program costs and rebates available, please see our Fees and Rebates page.
Do I need a referral? What if I can't get to your clinic? Please visit our FAQ page for answers to these and other questions about our programs.
Am I just fatigued or do I have a sleep disorder?
Sleep disorders can often be misdiagnosed as fatigue.
Sleep disorders are diagnosed through an overnight sleep study followed by a sleep latency test the next day. These tests are done by a sleep physician, usually at a hospital or sleep clinic. You can get a referral to a sleep physician through your GP. We can communicate with your GP and recommend a sleep physician who is the right fit for you.
If you have been feeling fatigued and are not sure why, we can help you work out if it's caused by a sleep disorder or something else.
Do I need a diagnosis?
No, you don't need a diagnosis before you see us. If you have been feeling tired and are not sure why or think you might have a sleep disorder, we can help you work out if it is a sleep disorder or something else that's causing your fatigue. If you do already have a sleep disorder diagnosed we can help you manage it through our individualised program.