Does your partner complain that your snoring keeps them awake at night? Have they witnessed you choking or gasping for air while you’re asleep? Do you feel tired during the day, unrefreshed or have issues getting a quality sleep? These are common symptoms of someone suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a sleep disorder that causes someone to stop breathing from 10 seconds to one minute at a time, and sometimes up to hundreds of times per night.
While many of the symptoms seem like a normal part of everyday life for people with busy routines, the sleep disorder affects 1.8 million Australians, with 80% remaining undiagnosed.
OSA doesn’t discriminate against any one type of person – sufferers come from all walks of life. Men, women and children of all ages are at risk; however, it is more common with middle aged and older people.
Apart from making everyday activities in life less enjoyable and affecting the quality of sleep, OSA can have more serious health consequences due to reduced oxygen during sleep. These risks include high blood pressure, heart disease, an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke and in some cases, premature death. However, if managed successfully, you can reduce these risks, better their lifestyle and get yourself a good nights sleep!
There are a range of treatment options out there and one that is perfect for you.
Don’t forget that sleep is important. Without a good sleep everyday tasks can feel impossible.
For more information or to get tested, book an appointment with our SleepGP Dr Hazim Faragallah at Malouf Medical today on (07) 5536 8556.