Do you wake up feeling tired?
Don’t just accept that it’s normal…it could be a sign of Sleep Apnoea.
Sleep apnoea, or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), happens when a person’s upper airways close off, either partly or fully, while they sleep. These obstructions, or apnoeas can happen several times per hour, leading to lowered oxygen levels in the blood. You may be unaware that you have these pauses in breathing, but the person with sleep apnoea will often wake unrefreshed.
The most common symptoms of Sleep Apnoea are:
- Falling asleep during routine activities
- Early morning headaches
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Poor Concentration
- Going to the toilet overnight
- Choking or gasping for air while sleeping
Sleep Apnoea, when untreated, increases the risk of other conditions, including: High Blood Pressure; Heart Attack; Type 2 Diabetes; Heart Failure; Stroke and Depression. A person with Sleep Apnoea is also 7 times more likely to have a car accident.
But it’s not all bad news…..we can set you up with a diagnostic sleep study done from the comfort of your own home.
Diagnostic Sleep Study
If you think you or a loved one are at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea, we offer a sleep study option which can be performed in the comfort of your own home. Our overnight sleep study is done using a simple machine set up, consisting of three pieces: a nasal cannula (tube) which measures vibrations or snoring; an oximeter which measures the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood; and a chest strap which measures the rise and fall of your chest whilst sleeping.
Data is sent to our sleep physician and results arrive back in the pharmacy within 10 business days. Two diagnostic screening tools are used to determine if you may be at risk for obstructive sleep apneoa. These are STOPBANG and EPSWORTH which we recommended performing in the pharmacy prior to conducting a sleep study.
The gold standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP props the airway open while sleeping, which prevents it collapsing and causing a partial or complete blockage of air, known as a respiratory event. When these events happen multiple hours a night, as in sleep apnoea, broken sleep occurs, leading to the well known symptoms of sleep apnoea.
CPAP therapy, by reducing the number of respiratory events per hour, improves the quality of sleep and reduces effects of sleep apnoea, such as daytime sleepiness, headaches, irritability, poor concentration and snoring. CPAP also reduces the risk of long-term health issues such as stroke, heart attack and type 2 diabetes.
At The Clinic Hub we recommended treatment with CPAP if you are struggling with any of the above symptoms and have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea. We offer a wide range of CPAP machines and masks to suit your comfort. Throughout the first month of CPAP therapy weekly appointments ensure you are settling into therapy comfortably and receiving the correct therapy. We are with you throughout your journey of improving your sleep and overall quality of life.
Niamh is our sleep health advisor and pharmacist, specialising in sleep apnoea therapy and screening. She is available by appointment during the week. For more information, or for a FREE phone consultation to discuss your sleep needs, please fill out the interest form below.