Snoring may not be a problem, but if you have sleep apnoea, there are a number of health risks. Some of these include hypertension, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes type 2, and depression. Why risk these things when there is help and pain free solutions available?
Almost everybody snores at some stage. Sleep positions, having a cold, even being pregnant can lead to an increase in snoring. So, does snoring necessarily mean someone has sleep apnoea? No. However snoring IS one symptom of sleep apnoea, If you suffer from chronic snoring, and you have tried all the usual things like changing sleep positions, pillows, nasal sprays and so on … and snoring is still causing you discomfort, maybe it’s worth looking into sleep testing.
Every day researchers are learning more and more about sleep. Every new parent knows how bad you feel when you don’t get enough sleep, but what about the rest of us?
Work pressure, caring for family members, staying up late or simply not being able to unwind mean that many people are not getting the deep, peaceful sleep they need.
It’s easy to see how your brain is affected by lack of sleep. You become irritable, unable to focus, and you could even be a driving or workplace risk if you fall asleep.
But did you know that the hormones that control appetite, growth, and the health of our immune system are released during sleep? Parents know that small children need sleep to help them grow. But not enough sleep in adults can lead to weight gain and obesity, and all the health problems that follow.
People who are sleep deprived are also shortening their lifespan. People with sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnoea are at risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, depression, obesity and more.
These days, more and more health specialists see sleep as the third piece of the puzzle, along with diet and exercise. Isn’t it time you get some better quality sleep?
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a medical condition where people stop breathing for periods of up to 10 seconds, while they sleep. If you suffer from this condition, your airways may be obstructed or blocked. This is a problem, because the body is deprived of oxygen during this time. The body responds to this by waking up because it can’t survive without regular oxygen. This explains why sleep apnoea sufferers feel so tired all the time. It is as if someone was waking them many times through the night. The sleep apnoea sufferer might not remember waking up, but the next day they don’t feel refreshed, and so never get a complete nights sleep.
If you do have sleep apnoea, you might also have episodes during your sleep when you breathe in an abnormally shallow and slow way. This sort of breathing is known as hypopnoea. Again, this sort of breathing deprives your body of the oxygen it requires, and thus you never feel fully rested.
You will need a referral from your general pracitioner or specialist. Your doctor will discuss your health and sleep concerns with you, and decide with you if sleep testing is appropriate. If you wish to proceed with testing, please contact us or download our referral form. Alternatively your doctor can simply write a referral letter.
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Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.