Sleep apnoea is a condition where repetitive pauses or reductions in breathing during sleep occur. A common symptom is snoring, but not in all cases. The reduction of oxygen has detrimental effects on sleep quality and health, and increases the risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Type 2 diabetes
- Motor vehicle and industrial accidents
Sleep apnoea can occur at any age, but it is more common in men than women and is often associated with being overweight.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?
There are several different indicators for sleep apnoea, including:
- Fatigue or daytime sleepiness
- High blood pressure
- Sexual problems
- Intellectual deterioration
- Memory lapses
- Morning headaches
How is sleep apnoea treated?
If you are diagnosed, your TerryWhite Chemmart consultant will be able to provide you with the right advice on the best treatment for you. Treatment can vary from person to person and according to the severity of the sleep apnoea. Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) is used to treat moderate to severe symptoms, which prevents sleep apnoea by blowing air into a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Those with mild symptoms may benefit from treatment such as losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption. Book an obligation-free appointment with your local TerryWhite Chemmart now or come in and speak to the friendly staff.
How TerryWhite Chemmart can help
Selected TerryWhite Chemmart locations can help you on your way to higher-quality sleep.
A specially-trained sleep consultant can discuss with you your sleep habits and overall health.
They may recommend that you complete a sleep study° to help determine if you have a sleep disorder.
° Please be advised that there is a cost involved to complete a sleep study.
General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.
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