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Sleep Apnoea and Snoring

What is sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a condition in which the body is trying to breathe but the airway is closed off, making it impossible to move air (apnoea is the Greek word for without breath)

Breath Better, Sleep Better

If you suffer from sleep apnoea, each time your airway is closed, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts the brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Because the time spent awake is brief, most people with sleep apnoea don’t remember it- and many times they think they are getting a good night sleep. However the constant   sleep – wake – sleep cycle interrupts the deep sleep that refreshes the body, and sufferers are frequently drowsy during the day. Low oxygen levels and lack of continuous sleep takes a toll on heart health, can contribute to brain dysfunction, and may tip the patient into diabetes.

What are the signs of sleep apnoea?

Studies have shown that if anyone has told you that you snore, or has ‘poked’ you to make you move to start rebreathing, you have a 90% chance of having sleep apnoea.

Other signs include

  • insomnia or difficulty in sleeping
  • loud snoring at night
  • waking up at night short of breath
  • snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • headaches upon waking in the morning
  • falling asleep sometimes only during the day
  • extreme drowsiness throughout the day.

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