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How common is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common medical condition. It affects about 1 in 20 adults. It is most common in middle-aged men, in fact 1 in 10 men aged 45 years or over have this medical condition. It also occurs frequently in women aged 65 and over.

One in

20

adults

Frequently in

Women

aged 65 & over

One in

10

men over 45

  • What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea? What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

    What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

    Sleep Apnoea occurs when the walls of your throat come together during your sleep,SLEEP WEB SML blocking off the upper airway at the level of the tongue. Your breathing can stop for a period of time (often between a few seconds and up to one minute) until the brain registers our lack of breathing or a drop in your oxygen levels and sending you a small wake-up call. This may cause you to rouse slightly, to open the upper airway (typically by snorts and gasps) and then drift back to sleep almost immediately.

    In most cases, the people suffering from Sleep Apnoea don't even realise they are waking up. This pattern can repeat itself hundreds of times over every night, causing fragmented sleep.

  • What are the warning signs? What are the warning signs?

    What are the warning signs?

    If you have OSA you may not be aware that you stop breathing while you are sleeping. Quite often, it will be your partner, family or friends who notice the symptoms first.

     

    Some common symptoms may include:

    • Waking up in the morning with headaches
    • Memory of learning problems and not being able to concentrate
    • Feeling irritable, depressed or having mood swings or personality changes
    • Fall asleep while working, reading or watching TV
    • Feel sleepy while driving or even falling asleep while driving
    • Waking up frequently to urinate
    • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • How is OSA diagnosed? How is OSA diagnosed?

    How is OSA diagnosed?

    The good news is that OSA can be diagnosed and managed.

    Successful treatment can improve your sleep, reduce daytime drowsiness and improve your daily quality of life. It can also lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health.

    OSA can range from mild to severe and may not always need treatment. Before any treatment is considered, your doctor will organise a sleep study to determine how severe your OSA is.

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. This will provide an accurate assessment of your breathing, oxygen levels & heart rate throughout the night, measuring the presence or severity of OSA.

Results will be shared with your referring doctor and they will discuss the best options for your condition.

 

What to expect with your home based sleep study.

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