The Sleep Clinic Nelspruit is a sleep disorder lab that provides professional and expert clinical care for all patients with sleep disorders.
Our aim is to assist and educate our patients and families in the importance of getting a good nights sleep.Our approach at the Nelspruit Sleep Clinic is to diagnose and manage each and every patient with the individuals care in mind. Individual diagnoses and treatment options that may include follow-up respiratory tests, neurological work-ups, or cognitive therapy.
What to Expect.
The Nelspruit Sleep Clinic will book you an appointment with one of their sleep specialists. Sleep problems will be discussed as well as your medical history and then you undergo a physical examination. An appointment at The Nelspruit Sleep Clinic is not necessarily an appointment for an overnight sleep study, merely to assess and diagnose your sleep disorder.
Some patients who are seen at the clinic do need such studies and this will be scheduled according the the patients requirements. The outpatient clinic appointments are critical to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
The Nelspruit Sleep Lab was founded by Peet Vermaak, one of the leading neurophysiologists in South Africa. Peet and his teams mission is to provide:
- Clear plans for follow-up after every clinic visit.
- Promote efficiency – A team that is professional and efficient from providing friendly patient care to material resources, documentation and billing.
- Excellence in Patient Care.
- Ensure that all patient visits in the clinic are addressed in an effective, respectful and satisfying manner.
- Provide clinical and technical expertise of the highest quality.
- Ensure that the Sleep Disorders Laboratory is well prepared to diagnose, assess and treat the full spectrum of sleep disorders.
Most medical aid’s will cover your diagnoses and treatment of your particular sleep disorder, but please ask your medical aid if you covered. We are here to assist you in this matter so please feel free to contact us.
The definition of a sleep disorder (somnipathy) is “A medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person or animal. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning.” Sometimes people can feel tired or fatigued even after a good night’s sleep. Several people are affected by sleep disorders so it is imperative that you consider whether you have a sleep disorder as it can affect you emotionally and physically. Sleep Disorders include but not restricted to:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Periodic Limb Movement
So lets Talk SLEEP
Sleep is a condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. It is distinguished from wakefulness by a decreased ability to react to stimuli. Sleep occurs in repeating periods, in which the body alternates between two highly distinct modes known as non-REM and REM sleep. (REM stands for “rapid eye movement” ) However, sleep patterns vary widely among different individuals. Industrialisation and artificial light have altered human sleep habits in the last 100 years.
When to consider a sleep disorder test.
Anyone can have a sleep disorder, regardless of gender, age or body type. If you have any of the following symptons you may be at increase risk:
- Insomnia due to difficulty staying asleep
- Waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat
- Frequent need to urinate during the night
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory or learning problems
- Moodiness, irritability or depression
- Loud or frequent snoring
- Choking or gasping while you sleep
- Pauses in breathing
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime sleepiness