Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping at one time or another. This is normal and usually temporary due to stress or other outside factors. However, if sleep problems become regular and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea occurs when there is an interruption to breathing when we are asleep, and the brain is required to “wake” the body up so you can resume normal breathing. There are three forms of sleep apnoea: obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea and complex or mixed sleep apnea (i.e, a combination of central and obstructive) Apnoea’s can occur hundreds of time each night with serious consequences to your body.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea include:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Slow reflexes
  • Memory problems
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression / moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Sore throat / dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Frequent Urination throughout the night
  • Loss of libido/ Impotence
  • Gastric reflux
  • Depression
  • Feeling unrefreshed in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Falling asleep in inappropriate places – Nodding off

Sleep apnoea can also lead to serious health problems over time including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. But with treatment you can control the symptoms, get your sleep back on track, and start enjoy being refreshed and alert every day. So if you’re experiencing sleeping problems, it is important to have the cause of your sleeping problems diagnosed.


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