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Sleep Apnoea

What is it?

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.

 

Signs

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:

  • Daytime fatigue and drowsiness.
  • Dry mouth on awakening
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Forgetfullness, trouble concentrating, irritability, depression
  • Restless sleep
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Night sweats
  • Snoring
  • Waking suddenly with a gasp or sensation of choking

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Childhood Apnoea

Children can also suffer from Sleep Apnoea. Their symptoms may be somewhat different and include:

  • Bedwetting
  • Night sweats
  • Waking with a choking sound
  • Pauses or absence of breathing
  • Drooling
  • Poor school performance and behavioural disorders
  • General sluggishness during the day
  • Snoring
  • Teeth grinding.
  • Restless sleep
  • Unusual sleeping positions.

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Sleep Apnoea Risk Assessment

Use this short questionaire to assess your risk of having sleep apnoea

  1. Has your partner complained about your loud or chronic snoring?
  2. Have you woken from sleep with a feeling of choking or gasping for air?
  3. Do you feel that your sleep is unrefreshing? Do you feel exhausted during the day?
  4. Have you nodded off while driving?
  5. Do you have high blood pressure?
  6. Is your neck measurement over 44cm (men) or 40cms (women)?
  7. Does a family member suffer from Sleep Apnoea?
  8. Are you overweight or obese?
  9. Are you over 45 years of age.

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions you could be at risk and should seek professional assessment and help.

Contact the team at Absolute Snore No More for your initial consultation today. 

 

Solutions- how we can help

The good news is that Sleep Apnoea can be easily treated. The Absolute Snore No More team recommned a range of effective solutions tailored to suit your individual requirements.

 

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