We’re all searching for ways to do better each day. Yet, despite the talents of our favourite barista, those of us who snore are likely missing the most important ingredient to boosting our daily performance – a good night’s sleep.
The ultimate performance enhancer
Sleep may very well be the ultimate (legal) performance enhancer. Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand the benefits of sleep, and studies have confirmed that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory and learning. And you don’t need to be a scientist to acknowledge that without enough sleep, we don’t exactly radiate our usual chirpy positivity on the morning commute. Over 40% of Australians snore, and the majority of people who snore simply aren’t getting enough quality sleep each night to help them perform at their best (and those ‘accidental’ nudges from your partner all night probably aren’t helping either).
A serious sleep disorder
Snoring is often a sign of ‘sleep apnoea’ – a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, resulting in the brain not getting enough oxygen – a definite problem when you need to bring your A-game to work on a daily basis. Most doctors will recommend weight loss (if that’s an issue), or changing the position you sleep in as a first resort. However for many, the answer may come in the form of amazing new technology and procedures that make it almost impossible to snore. Dr Garry Cussell, founder of Specialist Clinics of Australia, is considered a leader in the field of cosmetic medicine, and more recently, in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea.
SleepTight Laser Snoring Treatment
He’s developed a unique procedure, appropriately called ‘SleepTight’, which uses lasers to tackle the problem. “When the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxes during sleep, it falls into the airway, blocking it, which results in snoring,” explains Dr Cussell. “The treatment works by tightening the skin that would relax and obstruct the air passage. This means patients can breathe easier, and in some instances, stop snoring completely.” Best of all, there’s no down time, and you can literally have a treatment during your lunch break.
Start your journey from big snorer to top performer
Research by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School has found without adequate sleep and rest, over-worked neurons can no longer function to coordinate information properly, and we lose our ability to focus and to access previously learned information. So if you’re feeling sluggish most days and can’t remember what your boss asked of you yesterday, consider ordering a sleep assessment instead of that extra strong coffee, and start your journey from big snorer to top performer.
*Article sourced from The Streets of Barangaroo, written by John Karas