Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
STOPPING BREATHING WHILE SLEEPING – VERY DANGEROUS

Loud snoring – Can cause strained relationships
Floppy structures in mouth stick together periodically causing cessation of breathing
Brain registers this stoppage and then wakes you up – can be a sudden gasp in severe cases
Resulting sleep disturbance causes :
– Poor sleep quality
– Tiredness in the morning
– Tired during the day
– Falling asleep at work or while driving (thus public drivers must be screened)


MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS

Heart Attack
Stroke
Erectile Dysfunction

All due to the stress response of struggling to breathe at night.


WHEN TO WORRY

Snoring with dry mouth in the morning
Awaking feeling unrefreshed
Getting up to pass urine at night – diagnostic for severe sleep apnoea
Add in being male with high blood pressure seals the diagnosis


OPTIONS

Discuss with a specialist experienced in this field
– Septoplasty plus Tonsillectomy
– CPAP