- Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Do you snore?
Do you suffer from interrupted sleeping patterns?
Does your partner complain of interrupted sleep too, and get frustrated with your snoring?
If you have any or all of these symptoms, than you may be suffering from a concerning medical condition called obstructive sleep apnoea.
What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnoea?
Snoring is caused by the soft tissue and palate at the back of the throat vibrating as air passes when you breathe
Obstructive sleep apnoea is pauses in breathing due to the air passage being completely blocked or obstructed
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Results in a lack of oxygen and an increase in carbon dioxide in your blood. Your brain registers that you are not breathing and responds with a muscle spasm causing you to jolt, gasp, resume breathing and go back to sleep almost immediately and often with no recollection of ever waking.
In severe cases this disruption can occur more than 100 times per night with non-breathing lasting from 10 seconds up to one minute
Treatment for Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea is serious and needs immediate attention, but the good news is that it is easily treated. Many people have benefitted from a custom-made splint which looks similar to a sport mouthguard and repositions the lower jaw, helping to keep your airway open.
Several concerning health conditions have been associated with obstructive sleep apnoea including an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, hardening of the arteries and type ll diabetes.
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