What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder characterized by the reduction of, or pauses in, breathing while you are asleep. These pauses, called apnoea, can last from a few seconds to a few minutes; each episode occurring 5 to 30 times or more in an hour. Sleep Apnoea that goes untreated can contribute to health complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, daytime sleepiness, difficulty in concentrating, and a higher risk of work-related or vehicular accidents. There are three types of sleep apnoea: Central Apnoea, Obstructive Apnoea and mixture of the two (Central and Obstructive). Central Apnoea results when the brain fails to activate the muscles needed for breathing during sleep. Obstructive Apnoea results when the airways collapse during sleep.
How do I know if I have sleep apnoea?
- Heavy snoring
- Headaches on waking
- Excessive sleepiness during the daytime
- Waking up feeling tired, or sweating
- Waking in the night with a choking feeling
Sleep apnoea may be the reason you feel tired when you wake up in the morning. What should be a restful sleep is frequently interrupted by pauses in your breathing – even without your knowing. On waking, instead of feeling refreshed you feel sluggish and irritable. If you have any of these symptoms, come to us for a free initial consultation – we’d like to help!
What treatment is available for sleep apnoea?
Depending on the severity of the condition, sleep apnoea can be treated using non-surgical or surgical methods. One of the simplest and most effective remedies is a snore guard. This is a custom-made mouth piece designed to allow your lower jaw to be thrust forward, so the airways will not collapse when you go to sleep. Ours are custom-made for a perfect fit – far superior to any ready-made ones. A custom-made snore guard could bring back blissful, restful sleep throughout the night – and is much cheaper than a divorce!