Coastal Sleep: helping you get a good night's sleep

If you wake up each morning feeling tired, despite having “slept” for the recommended eight hours, or you spend the night snoring, there's a possibility you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Enter Coastal Sleep.

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Coastal Sleep is a sleep clinic with six locations on the Lower Mainland, offering testing and treatment for sleep apnea in English, French, Punjabi, Mandarin and Cantonese.

"With our team of trained Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), we've been helping people get to the root of their sleep issues for almost 15 years, " says Paul Sweeney, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and President of Coastal Sleep.

Testing for sleep apnea is the first step, says Paul. Just ten years ago, that involved spending a night in the hospital hooked up to numerous wires and contraptions. It also involved a very long wait list.

"We can help expedite the process of being tested," Paul says. "We offer an in-home testing kit that allows you to do the test in the comfort of your own home."

The test involves a take-home monitor, nasal device, and pulse and oxygen detector. That’s it.

"Your family doctor might refer you to us," Paul says, "or you can call directly. In either scenario, we like to work closely with your physician. We share your test results with them and usually they will refer you back to Coastal Sleep for treatment."

First-line treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The CPAP mask is worn over your nose every night.

"CPAP masks are both quiet and easy to wear," Paul says. "Patients quickly find it's a life-changing remedy. They feel less tired, more focused, and more engaged in life."

For more information about sleep apnea call Coastal Sleep at 1.877.241.9066, visit their website at coastalsleep.ca or send them an email at info@coastalsleep.ca. There is a Coastal Sleep facility in Vancouver located at 103-511 West 7th Avenue. Coastal Sleep can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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