Thursday, January 11, 2024
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Good sleep routine and even better sleep habits is paramount to a healthy, successful and a productive day, which is why Nathan Harriott established Restore Sleep Clinic, a progressive and unique sleep clinic that specialises in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, and best aligns good sleep practices for the residents of the Whitsundays.
Opening the doors six months ago, Restore Sleep Clinic is unique in its offering and services.
Nathan is the Psychologist, and diagnoses and treats sleep associated psychological disorders, with a specialty in insomnia.
With him is Dr Daniel Judge, a renowned Sleep and Respiratory Specialist, who is integral to diagnosis and advising suitable treatment, and Dr Alice Harriott, the team’s Dentist, who primarily undertakes treatment for Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea using oral appliances.
This diversified team is uniquely suited to diagnose and treat most sleep disorders, and there is never late intervention.
“There are key functions that your body only does when it’s asleep, and if you’re not getting enough sleep, or good enough quality of sleep, imagine the functions that your body is unable to complete.” explained Nathan. “Disordered sleep also increases your risk of heart disease, mental health issues, stroke and diabetes.”
When should you consider getting a referral to Restore Sleep Clinic?
“If you or your partner notices you snoring in the night, or you stop breathing during the night and if you easily fall asleep on the lounge or while watching TV,” explained Nathan.
“Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, where you have difficulty getting to sleep, or waking up during the night, getting less than 6 hours sleep. If any of these symptoms are present for you, give us a call or see your GP and get a referral.”
Nathan explains that having good sleep practices is integral to ensuring good sleep.
“It’s never too late for intervention. But there are some routines that can help better your sleep. Leave your bed for only two things, sleep and sex. Save watching movies or tv, reading, and scrolling your phone for out of bed, because your brain begins to associate your bed with things other than sleep.”
“It is not a competition about who is able to do the most with the least amount of sleep, it’s your health. Not getting enough sleep is dangerous and incredibly poor for your health. It increases the risk of micro-sleeps which can lead to devastating consequences on the job or while driving.
“Do not underestimate the power of sleep.”