Over many years Anita had difficulty sleeping and felt like she was living on a knife edge. She suffered from constant headaches, feeling tired all day and found it difficult to function. Sleeping pills and day naps only increased Anita’s symptoms and she developed insomnia.
Not knowing how to resolve the issues, and with it gradually getting worse, she stopped socialising. ‘I isolated myself from people as much as possible because I was so tired and had no patience. I felt like a self-imposed outcast,’ says Anita.
Around five years ago Anita’s doctor recommended the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University. It was here, through a sleep study that Anita was diagnosed with the breathing-disrupted sleep condition, sleep apnoea, and was given the treatment she needed to improve her sleep health and overall wellbeing.
‘I was given support to get my sleeping patterns and my life back to normal,’ says Anita. ‘Where once I felt like I was always living on a knife edge, I now wake up feeling refreshed and have an inner peace.’