Your Sleep Guide to Better, Healthier Rest

Sleep is much more than a nightly routine or a way to shake off tiredness. Sleep is fundamental to our well-being and an essential part of maintaining vital bodily functions. If your sleep quality has taken a backseat in your overall health, it’s time to give it the check it deserves.


It Benefits to Be Well Rested

A lot of good happens while you sleep. Reward yourself.

Your Physical Well-Being

Sleep improves your body’s natural ability to prevent illness by strengthening your immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, and making it easier to be active by boosting your energy levels.

Your Mental Well-Being

Sleep refreshes your mind, boosts your mood, ability to concentrate, and your memory recollection.
Improved sleep can positively affect anxiety and depression disorders.

Essential Stages of Sleep

The later stages of sleep that include deep sleep and REM sleep are the most responsible for refreshing your body and mind. Sleep disorders interrupt your natural sleep cycle before the later stages occur, having immediate and delayed consequences to your health.



1 in 3

Canadians suffer from a sleep disorder.
That’s 12 to 13 million individuals.

Key Sleep Disorders Affecting Canadians

Insomnia

Difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep without waking up.

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Sleep
Apnea

Abnormal breathing patterns with periods where breathing pauses and resumes.

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Narcolepsy

Uncontrollable urge to sleep during daytime and irregular sleep patterns while asleep.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Irresistible urge to move your legs while sleeping and can include painful sensations or muscle spasms.

4
Parasomnia

Unusual sleeping behaviors during sleep stages that can include sleep walking, sleep talking, and irregular movements.
It’s recommended that you seek treatment if you experience frequent daytime drowsiness as you may have one of the above sleep disorders.


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Sleep Apnea Overview

Sleep Apnea is periodic, inconsistent breathing patterns caused by the obstruction or narrowing of the airway (Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA) or by your brain not sending the correct signals to activate your respiratory muscles (Central Sleep Apnea or CSA). Untreated, sleep apnea can cause sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, and obesity among other health issues.

Unobstructed Airway

Regular breathing occurs, and you can rest normally.

Obstructed Airway

Paused or shallow breathing resulting in snoring, coughing, and gasping for air, interrupting sleep.

Sleep Quiz

If you have concerns about your sleep behaviors, learn where you stand with this Sleep Quiz.

Do you experience frequent daytime drowsiness?

Have you or someone else noticed periods where you’ve stopped breathing or gasp for air?

Do you snore loudly?

Do you have frequent headaches in the morning?

Do you have high blood pressure?

Do you have concentration or mood problems?

Sleep Apnea Treatment

In milder cases, weight loss can help to alleviate some symptoms of sleep apnea and there are surgical alternatives for the most severe cases. These methods can help to reduce symptoms, but they are not guaranteed cures and can take time or be very invasive. Your sleep can’t wait. Clinicians recommend PAP therapy as it provides immediate relief to the symptoms of sleep apnea allowing you to address other health concerns that may be affecting your lifestyle.

A sleep test in the comfort of your own bed

Try our home sleep test and receive a diagnosis from licensed sleep therapists.

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FAQs Sleep Guide

Adults require 8 hours of sleep on average to support their physical and mental health every night. While the time spent sleeping is very important, the quality of your sleep also plays a large and often forgotten role in your sleep quality.

There are total of 4 sleep stages which includes NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep stages 1, 2, and 3, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep stage 4. During sleep, your body cycles through the 4 sleep stages several times with varying durations.

All sleep stages are important, however; certain stages of sleep are more responsible for refreshing your body and mind than others. These sleep stages are deep sleep (NREM stage 3) and REM sleep.
In deep sleep, your body repairs itself and tissue, muscles, and bone are regrown or built. In REM sleep, parts of the brain that are responsible for learning and long-term memory recollection are stimulated which also results in dreaming.

Quality sleep can help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes, obesity, and depression.

While we carry an assortment of products to improve and monitor your general sleep quality, airessential.ca currently specializes in the treatment of sleep apnea.

You could have sleep apnea, or you may have similar, but unrelated symptoms of another sleep disorder. You could also have mild symptoms that don’t require any immediate treatment. A home sleep test will reveal how severe your symptoms are and if further treatment is recommended to manage them.

PAP therapy is strongly recommended depending on how severe your sleep apnea symptoms are. The airway obstructions and partial obstructions that cause sleep apnea lower sleep quality and prevent deep, regenerative rest.
PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) therapy uses equipment capable of delivering a constant pressure stream to the upper respiratory tract, supporting your airway while you sleep and promoting healthier breathing.