You may have sleep apnoea. Individuals who have sleep apnoea often unknowingly experience partial or complete blockage of the throat, due to the muscles relaxing too much and collapsing on itself. This obstruction reduces or stops breathing for a short period of time on multiple occasions throughout the night. It leads to a reduction in blood oxygen levels and lowers the quality of sleep.
The reduction in sleep quality leads to grumpiness, other mood changes, reduction in alertness and concentration as well as reduction in productivity and reaction times in addition to individuals struggling to stay awake later in the day.
The disruption of sleep and oxygen causes stress in the body which can lead to other health problems over time. These include high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, depression and vehicle or machinery accidents.
The following signs and symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnoea. Speak to your doctor if you believe you may have sleep apnoea or want to know more in consideration to your specific circumstances. - Snoring, observed breathing pauses and sleepiness during the day. In addition, if managing high blood pressure, diabetes and depression is a struggle sleep apnoea may be a factor if it has not already been assessed. Approximately 20% of females and 35% of males have sleep apnoea, however it often goes undiagnosed.
The symptoms of sleep apnoea can worsen with increased weight, increased alcohol consumption and sleeping position. Altering these factors can help to reduce/alleviate symptoms in mild cases. In moderate to severe cases various medical devices are used to manage sleep apnoea.
To find out if an individual has sleep apnoea, a sleep test is recommended. Here at The Friendlies Chemist, we are able to facilitate at home sleep tests with a referral from your doctor. Our referral form is available on our website here. We are also able to facilitate the management of moderate to severe cases of sleep apnoea with sleep apnoea equipment hire, sales and replacement parts.
Already diagnosed? We can help with hire and sale of sleep apnoea equipment, any questions about therapy options, replacement parts, troubleshooting and optimising/upgrading as required. Book an appointment to see our Consultants here.
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