Do you feel tired during the day? Are you often irritable or forgetful? Do you snore? Wake up unrefreshed? Perhaps wake up with a dry mouth or throat and/or a headache? Do you or your partner notice that you stop breathing during the night or wake up gasping?
If this sounds like you, you may have sleep apnoea. But what is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea, or obstructive sleep apnoea, occurs when there is a full or partial obstruction of the airway, causing you to stop breathing. This results in brain arousals, increased blood pressure and heart rate leading to disturbed sleep and fatigue. Sleep apnoea is also linked to other health conditions including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Approximately 20% of females and 35% of males have sleep apnoea, however it often goes undiagnosed. If you or a loved one have any of the above symptoms or health conditions, or if you would like some more information, come and speak to our experienced staff in store.
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