Has anyone ever told you that you snore?

Do you wake up and often feel like you haven’t even slept? Do you find yourself dozing off at inappropriate or inconvenient times? If any of these sounds like you, you might be one of the millions with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), more than 18 million of us have this disorder but an estimated 93% of women and 82% of men with the disorder have never been diagnosed.

It often takes a partner, bedmate, or roommate to notice that the person has stopped breathing before the connection is made and before steps are being taken to identify the condition. Unfortunately, without diagnosis, there is no treatment and untreated sleep apnea can have serious long term health consequences.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Sleep apnoea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
  • Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
  • Sleep apnoea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.
  • As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day.
  • Sleep apnoea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Sleep apnoea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can't detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, no blood test can help diagnose the condition.
  • Most people who have sleep apnoea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnoea. 
  • Lack of Sleep

  • The most common type of sleep apnoea is obstructive sleep apnoea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.
  • When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnoea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone.
  • For example, small children who have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats may have obstructive sleep apnoea.
  • Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
  • Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure
  • Make arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, more likely
  • Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents
  • Sleep apnoea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnoea in many people.
Sharon Izak Elaine Chat staff ) WhatsApp
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