Di­a­betes and sleep ap­noea

Stud­ies show that one in five adults suf­fers some form of sleep ap­noea with only 20% di­ag­nosed

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVICE. TRUST. CARE. FOR YOUR HEALTH -

SLEEP ap­noea is a con­di­tion that causes a per­son to stop breath­ing dur­ing their sleep.

The most com­mon form of sleep ap­noea, ob­struc­tive sleep ap­noea (OSA), oc­curs when the air­way re­peat­edly col­lapses dur­ing sleep caus­ing breath­ing to stop.

This re­sults in a re­duc­tion of blood oxy­gen lev­els and causes the per­son to wake nu­mer­ous times through­out the night.

Sleep ap­noea is highly preva­lent amongst those with di­a­betes.

Sleep ap­noea can af­fect any­one.

The cur­rent stats show 58% of peo­ple with di­a­betes have sleep ap­noea.


Stud­ies have shown that one in five adults suf­fers some form of sleep ap­noea, cur­rently only 20% of which have been di­ag­nosed.

Symp­toms of sleep ap­noea can vary from per­son to per­son but the most com­mon ones in­clude:

Day­time sleepi­ness, fa­tigue and tired­ness Im­paired con­cen­tra­tion Rest­less sleep and heavy sweat­ing

Fre­quent vis­its to the toi­let dur­ing the night Snor­ing Chok­ing and cough­ing dur­ing pe­ri­ods of sleep Morn­ing headaches Wak­ing up feel­ing un­re­freshed Re­duced sex drive Ir­ri­tabil­ity Fall­ing asleep dur­ing rou­tine ac­tiv­i­ties

A lot of the time the per­son who is af­fected by sleep ap­noea doesn’t no­tice any symp­toms dur­ing the night. In­stead it is their part­ner or fam­ily mem­ber who com­plains about their snor­ing or in­ter­rupted breath­ing dur­ing the night.

There are many de­grees of sleep ap­noea.

Long-term im­pacts

If left un­man­aged sleep ap­noea can have sig­nif­i­cant long-term health and life­style com­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing:

In­creased risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease

In­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing and/or wors­en­ing type 2 di­a­betes Obe­sity Mood dis­or­ders and re­duced qual­ity of life Erec­tile dys­func­tion In­creased risk of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents

Talk to your lo­cal Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera Guardian Phar­ma­cist about your sleep health and com­plete the Ep­worth Sleepi­ness Scale risk as­sess­ment tool.

It is a gold stan­dard ques­tion­naire used to de­ter­mine a per­son’s level of day­time sleepi­ness.

There are a num­ber of trained sleep ap­noea con­sul­tants in both the Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera stores who are ready to as­sist with your sleep health. No re­fer­ral re­quired.

HERE TO HELP: Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera sleep ap­noea team (left-right) Ash­lee Beasley, Phar­ma­cist Gra­ham Rowles, Sleep Nurse Tammy Dar­ling­ton and Leah Roth are here to as­sist you with your sleep health.

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