Do I have sleep apnoea?
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a respiratory condition related to snoring that causes interrupted breathing during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnoea, obstructive sleep apnoea, is when airflow during sleep is prevented from entering the lungs by an obstruction. The obstruction is because of a lack of muscle tone in the upper airway which causes the airway to collapse.
How do I know if I have sleep apnoea?
When you experience an 'apnoea' during sleep, you will stop breathing for more than 10 seconds and usually wake up with a loud snore or snort.
Some signs of sleep apnoea are:
Loud snoring, stopping breathing during sleep, feeling tired during the daytime (even when you have slept enough), waking up tired, morning headaches, mood swings, and depression.
You can read more about the signs of sleep apnoea here.
What can I do about it?
If you experience any of these symptoms it is recommended that you consult your doctor immediately. Sleep apnoea is linked to stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, and many more serious conditions. The condition often goes undiagnosed, but can be treated successfully in most cases.
There are a range of treatments available for sleep apnoea. In mild cases, weight loss or the use of a mandibular advancement device, like the Snoreeze Oral Device, can help. The image below shows how a mouthpiece like the Snoreeze Oral Device can help to treat sleep apnoea. Click here to see the Snoreeze Oral Device and find out how it could help you.
In more severe cases of sleep apnoea, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is normally prescribed. Visit the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association website to discover more about CPAP.