I of­ten wake up in the morn­ing with a headache – could sleep ap­noea be to blame?

Diabetic Living - - Your Healthy Life - Dr Sul­tan Lin­jawi, en­docri­nol­o­gist Email your ques­tions to: di­a­bet­i­cliv­ing@paci­fic­mags.com.au Post: Di­a­betic Liv­ing, Q&A: Health, GPO Box 7805, Sydney, NSW 2001.

Dr Lin­jawi says:

Some­one who has sleep ap­noea will re­peat­edly stop breath­ing or take very shal­low breaths through­out their sleep, and may snort, choke, gasp or snore loudly when their nor­mal breath­ing recom­mences. This stop­start breath­ing can re­sult in re­duced blood oxy­gen lev­els through­out the night. Un­sur­pris­ingly, these sleep dis­rup­tions can mean that you then wake up with a headache. To di­ag­nose sleep ap­noea, your doc­tor may re­fer you for a sleep study and, if the re­sults con­firm sleep ap­noea, you may ben­e­fit from a CPAP ma­chine. CPAP stands for con­tin­u­ous pos­i­tive air­way pres­sure and, as the name sug­gests, it sup­plies a con­stant stream of air to keep the air­ways open through the night. There are sev­eral mod­els avail­able, and most peo­ple will choose one based on the mask they find most com­fort­able to wear.

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