SLEEP IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE
We help you feel and perform at your best. The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance offers a broad range of services and expertise. Our comprehensive approach to the understanding and management of sleep and human performance issues is unique in Canada. Our Centre pioneers the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, as well as advances in the understanding of the relationship of sleep to your memory and concentration abilities, your weight, and your physical performance.
- Sleep Apnea
- Women & Sleep
- Athletic Training & Sleep
- Corporate Management, Performance, & Sleep
- Travel & Sleep
- Shift Work & Sleep
- Adolescence & Sleep
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, which causes fragmented sleep and low blood oxygen levels. It affects more than 20% of adults worldwide and is linked to other serious health conditions, such as heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, stroke and cognitive/mental disorders.
If you experience the following symptoms, you may have sleep apnea:
- Loud snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headache
- Waking with a sore or dry throat
- Difficulties concentrating
- Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
So, you suspect you may have sleep apnea, what’s next? Well, after an initial sleep assessment with one of our expert sleep physicians, we may suggest you participate in an overnight sleep study, or polysomnograph. This is the most accurate way for our physicians to diagnose your sleep issues for the best possible treatment outcomes.
Now that you have been accurately diagnosed with OSA, our sleep physicians will collaborate with you to determine the best course of action. CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure) is highly effective in treating OSA, but there are alternative treatment options as well.
Do you crave carbohydrates, high fat food and have weight difficulties? Do you experience sleep deprivation, poor sleep or can’t fall asleep? Are you always tired and wish you had more energy? Do you have problems with concentration and memory? Is your lack of sleep affecting your mood? If so, you may have insomnia!
What if there was a magic pill that would extend longevity, enhance concentration and boost mood? It already exists. A good-night sleep is nature’s best medicine and is the foundation of optimal health and wellness. Undeniably, sleep is the cornerstone of recovery, as it rejuvenates our body and mind, strengthens our memory, boosts our mood, modulates our appetite, sharpens our concentration and curbs inflammation.
Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder, yet it often goes untreated. Chronic sleep deprivation increases your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic pain, as well as, depression and anxiety. It also impairs concentration and performance.
At CSHP, we provide an natural alternative to sleeping medication through an integrative and individualized program called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)! Visit our clinic and discover the immense power of sleep, and learn essential information on how to reclaim and maximize this natural ability we all possess. You do not require a physician’s referral and may contact us directly to schedule a consultation.
Women & Sleep
When it comes to sleeplessness, women face three strikes over their lifespan. First, during adolescence a young woman starts having menstrual cycles that can result in monthly fluctuations in sleep deprivation and feeling tired. Then a woman begins her childrearing years and she can’t sleep due to pregnancy and babies/children. Finally, a woman makes the transition through menopause that can last ten years from her early 40's to early 50's. During this transition one of the most common problems is trouble sleeping.
Therefore, for women, there is a lack of sleep between her teens and 50's! Sleep deprivation for women can become chronic and lifelong with a significant effect on quality of life, health and mood. Addressing causes of insomnia at any phase of life for a woman is an effective preventative health and wellness intervention like activity/exercise and diet. The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance has the expertise to assess a woman’s reasons for insomnia and determine the best approach to managing sleep over her lifetime to prevent the consequences of weight gain, fatigue, mood changes and reduced quality of life.
Athletic Training & Sleep
Whether you are a recreational athlete, weekend warrior, junior athlete with high aspirations or a serious competitive athlete who trains regularly, research in the area of human performance and athletics has shown that SLEEP is the key to recovery and regeneration, which will lead to a long, healthy, injury free career in sport. The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance is recognized internationally as a leading research group providing assistance to the Canadian National and Olympic Team athletes as well as the keen amateur and recreational athlete on how to use sleep to improve recovery, regeneration and performance.
Corporate Management, Performance, & Sleep
Corporations have recognized the importance of having a positive and healthy work environment and also understand that positive and healthy workers are more productive. One of the most critical factors in today’s 24/7 society is time and when workers forgo rest and recovery because of time constraints, they experience other negative health outcomes. The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance works with corporations and large institutions, both shift and non-shift workers, to optimize health and wellness programs and strategies addressing critical rest, recovery and sleep factors.
Travel & Sleep
As we become more and more dependent upon travel to manage our businesses, personal lives, time off and professional commitments, the consequences of travel fatigue and jet lag have become very important factors affecting the quality of life of those who have intense travel schedules. The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance has developed extensive travel fatigue and jet lag program solutions for athletes, executives and professionals in the travel industry.
Shift Work & Sleep
The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance is an industry leader in the management of shift work sleep disorder and the health and human performance consequences of rotating shift work. The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance has worked extensively with the Calgary Police Service, The Toronto Police Service and various Oil and Gas companies to address the health and human performance consequences of shift work. Whether you are an individual shift worker seeking help to manage better or a company looking for solutions "we have what you need".
Adolescence & Sleep
Does your teenager have trouble getting up in the morning, can’t fall asleep at night and feels constantly tired all the time, especially in the morning? More than 20% of teenagers have this sleep problem and it is called delayed sleep phase syndrome. Do you know that teenagers need at least 9-10 hours of sleep per day for their brain and body to “work properly”? Sleep is the most neglected aspect of a teenager's life and trouble sleeping at night can have negative health consequences, as well as, impair academic and athletic performance. The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance has expertise in managing teen sleep deprivation through an individualized, integrative, as well as, a non-pharmacological approach. We are here to help!