BREATH EASY: It's easy to enjoy a good nights sleep.
BREATH EASY: It's easy to enjoy a good nights sleep.

Highlighting the hidden risks in snoring

ALWAYS feeling tired? Crave a daily nap? Find it difficult to concentrate? You could be suffering from OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common affliction that affects thousands of people every night, causing excessive snoring and sometimes even choking.

HOW SERIOUS IS SLEEP APNEA?

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

When we are asleep, our airway can relax and start to narrow, causing snoring. In people with 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 adrenaline 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 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 the quantity. The reason that most people with apnea are always tired is that their body is still fatigued the next morning as a result of poor-quality 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.

Take the online check-up at cpap.com.au or call us to ask how you can have an in-home sleep test.

The crew at CPAP Direct are experts and have first- hand experience with using the devices and masks.

For video reviews, hints and tips and to contact us, head to www.cpap.com.au, email info@cpap.com.au or phone 1300 133 298.


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