Sleep apnoea is a common condition, where the upper airway and throat relax and close off during sleep. This results in a ‘breath-hold’, which is often followed by loud snoring, or a gasp for air. Each ‘breath-hold’, can last between 10 – 90 seconds and can take place hundreds of times each night. This results in very poor sleep quality, which can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and have a serious impact on your health as well as affecting the whole family.
How many of the following symptoms do you have?
- Holding your breath at night.
- Nodding off during the day.
- Feeling un-refreshed in the mornings.
- Morning headaches.
- Tired all the time.
- Poor concentration.
- Poor memory.
- Mood changes.
- High blood pressure.
Being overweight will further increase your chances of sleep apnoea, but it can be found in anyone.
The list above are the most common symptoms of sleep apnoea. If you have any, you may have sleep apnoea but the more you have the greater the chances.
What if I have sleep apnoea?
Don’t worry! Sleep apn0ea can be treated very effectively, usually with treatment called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The benefits can be felt even after the first night.
- Snoring stops.
- Tiredness improves.
- Energy levels increase.
- Reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure.
- Reduced risk of road traffic accidents.