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