Mrs W attended our clinic for a sleep study after ten years of complaining to her doctor. She was tired and had no energy, and it was affecting every aspect of her life, including time with her family and her work. She presented with hypertension, obesity, and diabetes and was being treated for depression. After speaking with Mrs W, and discussing the possibility of a sleep disorder, she agreed to be tested. Her results came back with severe sleep apnoea and she was having over ninety respiratory events per hour, her heart rate was tachycardic with over one hundred beats per minute, her blood oxygen levels were severely low, and her sleep was severely fragmented due to her brain waking her to breath several times a minute. Mrs W was willing to try anything, she could not go on like this, and she was in high risk category for a stroke or heart attack.
Under the management of Synergy Sleep, she commenced an APAP trial, and on the very first night the most remarkable thing happened for the first time in years, Mrs W slept well. Her heart rate stabilised and her respiratory events reduced to less than five per hour, and she woke up feeling the best she had in as long as she could remember. Mrs W has been on ongoing therapy ever since and her life has changed for the better, she has lost weight and she says she is kicking herself for not doing something about her problem years earlier.
Mr P attended Synergy Sleep for advice as he was struggling with CPAP therapy that had been provided elsewhere and was very unhappy with the service (or lack thereof) from his old provider, and he was still symptomatic despite therapy. Synergy Sleep reviewed his treatment and all previous results and determined his treatment was suboptimal and there was evidence of a more serious respiratory condition which had been undetected and therefore untreated. We decided to repeat thesleep studies for Mr P, and subsequently with review with a sleep physician, we changed his device to a more specific machine to treat the untreated serious condition of complex sleep apnea, and the results were outstanding! All evidence of disorder breathing has been controlled and Mr P finally feeling the benefits of a good night sleep.
Mrs T presented to Synergy Sleep for advice and supply of CPAP treatment as she was diagnosed a few years ago with sleep apnoea through a Pharmacy based program. However she had never actually got around to doing anything about it, and was now feeling more symptomatic. Mrs T underwent a therapy trial for a few weeks, but struggled so much with treatment and was not getting the benefits. We decided to repeat her sleep study with testing equipment that far exceeded the pharmacy testing equipment and being mindful that her last test was more than two years ago. It turned out Mrs T had mild sleep apnea, and CPAP was unnecessary, which may be why she struggled with therapy. In consultation with her doctor, we decided to abandon CPAP treatment and investigate other causes for her symptoms as it was unlikely that mild sleep apnea was the only contributing factor.
Mr B presented to Synergy Sleep for a CPAP trial as he has been diagnosed with severe sleep apnoea, he had been admitted to hospital several time for other comorbidities that were poorly managed. He was sick and very unhappy. He was in denial about needing treatment and didn’t want to “wear a mask” to bed. Mr B was twenty-six year old and weighted in at over two hundred kilograms, he couldn’t walk more than a few meters without running out of breath and could no longer work. With patience and support, Mr B finally began treatment and what a transformation. He instantly reported feeling better and after six months had lost a whopping sixty kilos! Sure, Mr B was also seeing a dietician, but with the addition of proper healthy sleep, he had the energy to start gentle exercise and within one year was back at work. Mr B to this day is getting healthier and has had one of most remarkable transformations.