What Is Sleep Apnoea?

What Is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a debilitating disease affecting about one in twenty Australians (among the overweight, this rate is much higher). Apnoea means literally ‘to stop breathing’, and this is what happens to patients with sleep apnoea: the airway between their lungs and mouth collapses while they sleep, obstructing their breathing. This can happen up to hundreds of times each night.

Fortunately, your body’s subconscious response is to wake up, forcing you to breathe for a few seconds before falling back asleep. Unfortunately, while this keeps you alive in the short term, it has a devastating effect in the long-term. Left untreated, sleep apnoea results in broken, interrupted sleep patterns, preventing your body from getting the benefits of proper sleep.
Why Sleep Is Important

Scientists are still discovering all the benefits of sleep. What we do know, however, is that sleep is essential for our health. Research has found that sleep assists in all of the following:
  • Keeping the heart & blood vessels healthy
  • Repairing the body’s tissues and stimulating growth
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Regulating weight and appetite
  • Controlling blood glucose levels
Sleep Apnoea & Your Health

Because sleep is so important, the dozens if not hundreds of micro-interruptions that come with sleep apnoea can have a devastating effect on your health. Left untreated, sleep apnoea can cause all of the following issues and more:
  • Waking up feeling tired and exhausted
  • Snoring and restless sleep
  • Relationship stress, often caused when the patient’s snoring interrupts a partner’s (or the whole household’s) sleep
  • Heart attacks and strokes
  • Chronic high blood pressure
  • Car accidents – sleepy people have slower reaction times and may fall asleep at the wheel
  • Clinical depression – 20% to 40% of sleep apnoea sufferers display depression symptoms
The good news is that sleep apnoea is treatable. The gold standard is continuous or bi-level positive airway pressure (CPAP/BiPAP) for moderate or severe sleep apnoea, but there are a range of other options available, including weight loss, dental devices and upper airway surgery. Sleep and Snore Solutions is here to find the solution that works best for you.
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