Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring & Sleep Apnea significantly impacts sleep, mental function, and overall health, and affects ever-increasing numbers of our population.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you haven't slept? Are you lacking the energy to tackle the day? Have loved ones spoken to you of loud snoring or gasping for air when asleep?
If this sounds familiar, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is caused by our tongue and soft tissues collapsing into our airway while lying down, restricting our ability to breathe while asleep.
Each episode where you stop breathing, can last from seconds to minutes. Often Sleep Apnea sufferers are unaware they're affected, despite constant disturbances to their sleep.
Whilst we may not know we snore, our sleeping partners are often the first to be affected. Over time, our bodies will also begin to tell us that something is seriously wrong.
Poor sleep has impacts on our mood, our health, our relationships with family, and our jobs. Sleep Apnoea increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and stroke.
Fatigue during the day from bad sleep decreases our concentration and mental function. This affects your work performance, academic achievement, and is directly contributing to our road toll.
Sleep Apnoea has a direct effect on the way each of us lives, performs daily activities, and stays healthy as we progress through life.
What causes Sleep Apnoea?
When your body enters deep sleep, the muscles of the upper airway relax, causing the tongue and soft palate to collapse. This can narrow your airway and reduce the amount of oxygen reaching your lungs.
Structural issues with the jaws can amplify this narrowing of the airway. Collapse of the tongue and soft palate may obstruct the airway and breathing entirely, with each pause lasting from seconds to minutes.
As your brain senses oxygen levels depleting, it wakes you briefly so you can breathe. This arousal is usually so slight, you don't remember it taking place, even though it may happen upward of 30 times an hour.
You will often make loud snoring, choking, or gasping sounds, as you struggle to gulp in air. This disrupts your normal sleep cycle, impacting on the ability of the body to rejuvenate in preparation for the day ahead.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea - Is it a big deal?
Sleep Apnea affects 1 in 4 Australians, yet 80% of people who have Sleep Apnea, are undiagnosed and remain at risk. Left untreated, it can lead to many serious medical conditions.
If you have Sleep Apnea, you are…
- 3 times more likely to suffer a Stroke
- 2 times more likely to develop Depression
- 7 times more likely to have a Motor Vehicle Accident
- 3 times more likely to suffer a Work-related Injury or Fatality
- At greater risk of suffering Heart Attack
- Likely to already have high Blood Pressure
- More likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes
- Almost certain to progress to Obesity