Apnoea means 'cessation of breath'. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea happens when there are repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the upper airway during sleep due to relaxation of the tongue and soft tissues of the throat. Normal breathing slows or stops completely causing blood oxygen levels to drop. The brain signals the body to wake out of its deep relaxed sleep so that muscle tone can return and the air can flow again.
This causes the person to wake with a snort or a gasp. Sleep resumes but with relaxation of the muscles the airway once again becomes blocked and another epsiode will occur. These episodes can happen many times in a night in some people, resulting in lack of proper, deep sleep.
Many people suffering from Sleep Apnoea are unaware of their disrupted sleep. Their condition is often brought to their attention by their partner.
They may report feeling as though they have not slept at all, and in some cases may nod off at work or while driving.
The most common Sleep Apnoea symptons include:
Children can also suffer from Sleep Apnoea. Their symptoms may be somewhat different and include:
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions you could be at risk and should seek professional assessment and help.
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