Hid­den risks in snor­ing

Life & Style Weekend - - HEALTH GUIDE -

Al­ways feel­ing tired? Crave a daily nap? Find it dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate? You could be suf­fer­ing from OSA (ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea). OSA is a common af­flic­tion that af­fects thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery night caus­ing ex­ces­sive snor­ing and some­times chok­ing.

How se­ri­ous is sleep ap­nea?

If you’ve ever slept next to some­one who snores you will know just how ir­ri­tat­ing it can be. How­ever, a common side ef­fect of sleep ap­nea is ex­ces­sive snor­ing, and this can be much more se­ri­ous.

When we are asleep, our air­ways re­lax and start to nar­row caus­ing snor­ing. In peo­ple with sleep ap­nea, the air­way can com­pletely close over caus­ing it to be­come blocked which in turn starves the body of oxy­gen.

Once the brain re­alises that the body isn’t breath­ing, it sends a shot of adrenalin to alert the body to wake up. We then take a deep breath (or loud snort) and go back to sleep. The cy­cle then re­peats and can oc­cur sev­eral hun­dred times in a night – ex­haust­ing.

How do you know if you suf­fer from it?

Some common signs are: • Ex­ces­sive snor­ing • A chok­ing sen­sa­tion or wak­ing with a loud snort • You ap­pear to stop breath­ing • Fre­quent night vis­its to the bath­room • Con­tin­ual lack of en­ergy • Poor con­cen­tra­tion and short-term mem­ory.

Why is it im­por­tant to do something about it?

The qual­ity of your sleep is more im­por­tant than quan­tity. The rea­son that most peo­ple with OSA are al­ways tired is that their body is still fa­tigued the next morn­ing be­cause of a poor-qual­ity sleep. It’s also im­por­tant to con­sider that the health of your part­ner may also be af­fected by con­tin­u­ally in­ter­rupted sleep.

Health risks di­rectly linked with ap­nea in­clude: • Type 2 Di­a­betes • Heart at­tack • Stroke • High blood pressure • De­men­tia

How is it treated?

The most ef­fec­tive treat­ment is with a CPAP or APAP ma­chine which delivers pres­surised air through a tube and mask to your face. The air­ways are held open by the higher air pressure pro­vid­ing a much bet­ter qual­ity, un­in­ter­rupted and restora­tive sleep.

How will the treat­ment im­prove my life?

You will likely find that you have a com­pletely new lease on life and look for­ward to wak­ing up each day. At CPAP Di­rect they have experts with first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing these de­vices and masks. The first step is to ar­range a free con­sul­ta­tion to pro­vide your­self with in­for­ma­tion about tak­ing a sleep test and the dif­fer­ent kinds of treat­ment op­tions avail­able, in­clud­ing equip­ment rental and in­ter­est free terms. Choos­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of life has never been eas­ier.

For video re­views, hints and tips con­tact CPAP Di­rect. Visit www.cpap.com.au email [email protected] or call 1300 133 298.

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