What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a common sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing whilst they are asleep. This could be due to a partial or complete blocking of the airway. A sufferer can stop breathing from 10 seconds to more than a minute at a time, and sometimes up to hundreds of times per night.

The symptoms of OSA most commonly include:

  • Snoring
  • Someone witnessing you gasp or choke during sleep
  • Tiredness
  • A restless sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Job related accidents

Who suffers from it?

OSA doesn’t discriminate against any one type of person – sufferers come from all walks of life. Men, women and children of all ages are at risk; however, it is more common with middle aged and older people. While it is more common in men than women, the risk becomes similar after menopause.

What will happen if I don’t manage it?

Everyday activities in life may be less enjoyable because of feelings of tiredness or being unrefreshed. 
Apart from making someone more tired, and possibly making it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep, OSA can have more serious health consequences. These problems include high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, an increased risk of having a heart attack or a stroke and in some cases, premature mortality.

Research shows:
• 1.5 million Australians have sleep disorders and 80% are undiagnosed
• 83% of people medicated for high blood pressure also have OSA
• Almost 70% of stroke victims have OSA
• 58% of Type 2 Diabetes sufferers have OSA
• 77% of obese people have OSA
• An OSA sufferer is 7 times more likely to have a car accident

How do I treat it?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can be treated in a range of ways. SleepGP understands that every patient is different and a one-fix solution may not resolve your sleep issue. Depending on the severity, some people can manage a mild disorder by losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption or adjusting sleep positions. However, those with moderate or severe OSA will need a more active treatment which can include the use of a CPAP machine, a nasal or mouth device and in some cases, surgery.

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