It is estimated that up to 30% of adults regularly snore, with 1 in 10 females
and 1 in 4 males actually having sleep apnoea.*
Do you have these symptoms?
Snoring is a common symptom reported by partners, but it can seriously affect your quality of life in many surprising ways. Snoring can be the first sign of Sleep Apnoea and when combined with pauses in breathing, the result can be dropping oxygen levels in your sleep. Just because you snore does not mean you have Sleep Apnoea, but combined with other symptoms and risk factors it can be worth looking into further.
Pauses in Breathing, Gasping and/or Choking: Witnessed pauses in breathing is the other tell tail sign of Sleep Apnoea that a partner may inform you of. This is caused by the upper airway around your throat either narrowing or closing completely when you lie down. This obviously will change your sleep dramatically, as each time this happens your body will take you out of deeper levels of sleep.
Frequent Bathroom Visits
When Sleep Apnoea is keeping you in lighter levels of sleep, people often find themselves needing to go to the toilet multiple times each night. Someone who does not have Sleep Apnoea is often in deeper levels of sleep during the night and will not feel the need to go until the morning.
Many Sleep Apnoea patients experience morning headaches regularly before they are diagnosed and treated. The headaches are thought to be related to the dropping oxygen levels throughout the night which can increase the chance of headaches.
By now I’m sure you can imagine that if you are not breathing and sleeping properly at night resulting in restless sleep, you may be tired during the day. Many undiagnosed Sleep Apnoea patients are drowsy during the day and find themselves needing afternoon naps or falling asleep during regular activities like work, meetings and in the car.
Other Related Health Conditions
Sleep apnoea is associated with other health conditions including high blood pressure, obesity and type-2 diabetes.
$79 - Including report from Sleep Specialist
Our sleep study uses the Philips Alice Night One device seen in the below image. We start with a 20 minute appointment in-store to gather some basic information and demonstrate how to set up the device. You then sleep at home with the device which will monitor your sleep and then upon return the next day we will download the data and send to the sleep specialist for analysis. The detailed sleep study report is returned to us within two weeks and we will discuss the results with you in a 30-40 minute appointment.
Home Based Sleep Study
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2. Young T, Palta M, Dempsey J, Skatrud J, Weber S, Badr S. The occurrence of sleep-disordered breathing among middle-aged adults. N Engl J Med 1993;328:1230–5. 5.
3. Bearpark H, Elliott L, Grunstein R, et al. Snoring and sleep apnea. A population study in Australian men. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1995;151:1459–65.