Preventative Care

SLEEP HAS CRUCIAL PREVENTATIVE QUALITIES.

Sleep related complaints are an increasingly common reason for patient visits to primary care. Sleep has both preventative and curative qualities and is a critical indicator of disease and recovery that can be successfully used to aid evaluation, drive clinical decisions and manage treatment.

Good Sleep Quality is primarily driven by parasympathetic activation, a requirement to prevent onset of diseases and to recover from illness. Adding simple, automated and low-cost objective evaluation of sleep quality and duration into primary care will improve patient care and quality of life, while reducing cost.

Sleep is crucial to childhood growth and development.

  1. Quality Sleep consolidates memories, making learning easier.
  2. Stable Sleep promotes healthy growth and reduces risk of obesity and diabetes.
  3. Undiagnosed Sleep Disorders may be misinterpreted as ADHD.
  4. Adenotonsillectomy increases long-term risk of respiratory, infectious and allergic diseases,
  5. Poor TMJ, Airway and Jaw development have adverse long-term consequences that affect overall health.
 
There are many reasons why sleep should be tested on a regular basis throughout childhood to determine necessity and timing of clinical interventions, as well as teaching children the benefits of good sleep hygiene.

Untreated or unsuccessfully treated sleep apnea, short sleep duration and poor sleep quality independently increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

All patients treated for hypertension should be tested for sleep quality and sleep apnea to mitigate disease progression towards further cardiovascular and cardiometabolic diseases that can be life-threatening.