The new 21st century disease called Sleep Apnoea…… do you have it?
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and snoring are increasingly common conditions reducing sleep quality. Patients with OSA have partial or complete obstruction of the throat, also known as the “pharynx” during sleep. Sleep is obstructed as a result, and snoring commonly occurs too. These episodes of obstruction may happen many times, sometimes hundreds of times overnight, leading to severe health problems if untreated. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most effective way to treat sleep apnoea. If you suspect you have this condition talk to your doctor about referral to a Sleep Specialist who may give you a test for OSA and offer a range of treatment choices. CPAP may be one of these, and it also treats snoring, but weight loss, cutting down on alcohol and better pillows will also help.
Getting enough sleep is just as important as other vital elements of good health like a healthy diet and exercise. In short, sleep is not a luxury but a basic component of a healthy lifestyle. Dr Maree Barnes of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep Austin Hospital, Melbourne states “on a societal level, inadequate or poor sleep is a significant financial cost to our community. Sleep disorders cost the Australian economy more than $5.1 billion each year in healthcare and indirect costs. Reduction in life quality caused by sleep disorders in Australia has a further cost equivalent of $31.4 billion per year.
For more information about sleep we recommend that you visit this site: https://www.sleep.org.au/documents/item/355