What Is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a condition that involves frequent disruptions in your sleep due to brief cessations in breathing. It is most commonly caused by soft tissue at the back of the throat that relax and partially or completely obstruct the airway for a brief period of time. This process often goes unnoticed by the sufferer and it is more likely to be observed by a spouse.
If you are suffering from chronic tiredness despite sufficient sleep, or find yourself waking frequently throughout the night, it may be due to sleep apnoea. Speak to a medical professional for a formal diagnosis and treatment.
What are the consequences of Sleep Apnoea?
Did you know if Sleep Apnoea is left untreated, it can result in a growing number of health problems and can affect anyone at any age, even children? There are various risk factors and the consequences if one is suffering from Sleep Apnoea. Here’s an interesting infographic which can help explain further on what is Sleep Apnoea, the two types of Sleep Apnoea, ris, s and consequences.
How Is It Treated?
Sleep apnoea can be treated with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. The patient is fitted with a mask that delivers continuous airflow through a tube into the patient’s mouth and nose. The pressure of the air forces the airway to remain open without limiting the patient’s ability to sleep. CPAP machines effectively remove obstructions to airflow, allowing the patient to enjoy uninterrupted and healthy sleep.
If you find CPAP machines too uncomfortable to wear, you can also opt for dental solutions. A Mandibular Advancement Splint will bring your jaw forward, preventing your airway from collapsing and allowing you to breathe. To speak to an expert in sleep apnoea treatment, contact McMahons Point Health and talk to Dr. Edwina Toulmin.
Insomnia and Sleep Apnoea
Insomnia can exacerbate the negative consequences of sleep apnoea, as it limits the duration and depth of sleep. Combined with the frequent interruptions of sleep apnoea and you will experience a severely reduced quality of sleep.
Insomnia can also make it harder to use a CPAP machine for treatment, with the machine making it more difficult to fall asleep. It may be necessary to undertake treatments for insomnia in combination with treatments for sleep apnoea to properly address symptoms. Examples include cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation therapy. A multidimensional approach might be necessary and should be planned with consultation with experienced professionals such as the Dr. Edwina Toulmin.
Central Sleep Apnoea
A more serious form of sleep apnoea, central sleep apnoea, relates to the brain’s failure to properly regulate the muscles that control breathing. It is a serious condition that may require medication to treat. If you think you suffer from central sleep apnoea, consult a medical professional who can diagnose your specific condition and provide optimally tailored treatments.
Sleep apnoea and associated sleeping disorders can seriously affect our personal and professional lives – but there are options to be explored. Don’t go another day without seeking the best medical advice possible for dealing with your unique situation – contact McMahons Point Health and take back control of your life!