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Sleep apnoea is so much more than just snoring, and can greatly impact your oxygen levels while you sleep. Signs and symptoms include unrefreshed sleep, daytime sleepiness, depression, morning headaches and going to the toilet frequently throughout the night. For many, gagging or gasping for air at times whilst sleeping or loud snoring is common. There are several types of sleep apnoea, including Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Central Sleep Apnoea and Mixed Apnoea.

It’s important to take sleep apnoea seriously rather than just a harmless quirk in your breathing, as it can induce a host of severe health issues if left untreated. The combination of low oxygen levels and consistent, disturbed, and interrupted sleep can cause you to feel exhausted throughout the day, but in some cases you may not even know how bad your sleep really is. It is vital that if you have any symptoms you have a sleep study to assess your risk of sleep disordered breathing; as the ill effects of OSA can contribute to a host of very serious health concerns like cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is the most common sleep related breathing disorder, where the soft tissue in the back of your throat or tongue base collapses and then obstructs your airway, resulting in decreased oxygen intake. The brain detects the oxygen deficiency which then leads to multiple momentary arousals to draw breath – profoundly interrupting your deep sleep. Central Sleep Apnoea Is when your airway does not become blocked, but instead your brain does not send the signal to your muscles to breathe. In this type we may need to refer you to a specialist. Mixed Apnoea is a combination of both central and obstructive Sleep Apnoea. It may involve snoring, but snoring treatments designed to help airway obstructions will not fully stop apnoeic episodes. Though your brain briefly arouses you in order for you to resume breathing, your sleep is constantly interrupted, leaving you fatigued the next day.
Anyone can develop sleep apnoea, but it is predominantly found in males who are moderately to severely overweight. It can be a potentially life threatening disease and is very common, so it’s important to take your sleep apnoea seriously and seek medical advice if you think you have it.

Repetitive airway collapse can lead to large pressure fluctuations in the lungs and oxygen deficiency which places stress on the heart and cardiovascular system. In people with OSA, the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular mortality is increased as is diabetes. Not only is OSA a major, often unrecognised, cause of daytime sleepiness, it can also be an associated risk factor for very serious medical conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease (33% increase in cardiovascular disease)
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Memory impairment/loss
  • Poor motor skills
  • Tiredness/fatigue and irritability in the mornings and during the day
  • Snoring
  • Depression
  • Frequently waking throughout the night to go to the toilet or get a drink
  • Regular morning headaches
  • Worn teeth caused by clenching or grinding of teeth
  • Poor memory
  • Reflux problems
  • Dark circles or bags under or around the eyes

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