Australia, that’s more than 4.2 million people. Up to 80% of these are unaware of their condition and remain undiagnosed and untreated. Snoring and sleep apnoea often occur together.
It’s time to promote the awareness and treatment of sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea. Julie Rees Sleep Therapist, says that people with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea regularly stop breathing through the night. This can last for 60 seconds or more and can happen several hundred times a night. Every time your brain realises it isn’t getting enough oxygen, it alerts your body to almost wake up briefly and start breathing again voluntarily. This means that your brain will not obtain full benefit from sleep and cannot “recharge” its alertness “batteries. It is unrelated to age in adults or gender”.
Night time symptoms:
- Frequent visits to the bathroom at night
- Witnessed pauses in breathing
- Loud persistent snoring
- Choking or gasping for air
- Restless sleep
- Dry mouth/throat upon waking
- Morning headache
- Daytime sleepiness
- Poor concentration
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
Depression …and if left untreated, may increase the risk of long term consequences:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Type II diabetes
- Heart failure
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Stroke Symptoms that may indicate sleep apnoea.
What should I do next?
Don’t hesitate. “nodding off” at the wheel is a potential consequence and this alone costs hundreds of lives annually.
Visit your doctor to discuss these symptoms and they may suggest a Home Sleep Study. A home sleep study is used to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea.
This sleep study is done at home using a small piece of equipment which monitors your sleep over night and then returned to the clinic after use.
Your home sleep study is made up of 3 parts:
- Make an appointment which will be arranged later in the day. The therapist will ask your to complete a Sleep Assessment. The sleep assessment helps to evaluate your current sleep symptoms and provides additional information about your sleep habits to the sleep professionals reviewing your sleep study. It’s important to be open and honest, it only takes a few minutes to do!You will come dressed in something comfortable that you can sleep in.
- Go home and try and sleep as normally as possible and return the equipment to the clinic next day.
- Your results will take up to 2 weeks and will confirm if you require continuous positive airway pressure and make an appointment with our sleep therapist for a trial. Alternatively you will return to your doctor to discuss other solutions for your health condition.
CPAP Trial Process
We offer friendly, experienced and personal one on one educational sessions with expert mask fitting and machine selection advice. We stock several brands of masks and machines. We have the ability to give you an unbiased opinion on the best equipment for your needs. This means you have the full range to choose from in the one spot!
Arrange an appointment which will be for an hour to receive CPAP education. You will be fitted with a CPAP mask and educated in the use and maintenance of CPAP equipment.
You will receive a phone call from a Sleep Therapist. Discuss any issues, questions or concerns which arise from your first night. Adjustments will be made.
A 30 minute consultation will be arranged in clinic to determine progress. At the time your mask might need to be changed, pressure altered.
Either you will have another consultation or a phone consultation ensuring you are compliant with the therapy and no further adjustments are required.
This is your final consultation and the hire equipment is to be returned. You will be able to purchase your own equipment. However if for some reason this can’t be the case you will discuss with the therapist ongoing hire arrangements.
- Home Sleep Studies
- CPAP equipment hire
- CPAP mask fittings
- CPAP service and sales
- CPAP education
- Sleep information sessions on request to private businesses and the public
What is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)?
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the simplest and most effective treatment available for OSA. CPAP consists of a uniquely fitted mask. This mask is connected to an electronically driven pump that delivers a flow of air through a length of tubing. Supplying a flow of air to the upper airway in this manner creates a positive airway pressure. This positive pressure provides a splint in the airway to prevent it from collapsing during sleep. CPAP treatment is used only when sleeping. The user will experience relief of symptoms with this form of treatment. However it is a treatment and not a cure, if the treatment is stopped the airway will continue to collapse .
A CPAP device does not cure sleep apnoea, but when you use the device correctly, your sleep problems should get much better.
CPAP devices can cost well over $1,500, so we recommend that it is best to try one out before purchase. Patients who hire sleep apnoea treatment equipment can generally deduct part of the rental payment from their purchase of sleep apnoea devices and masks.
A comprehensive booklet is given to patients who hire or purchase sleep apnoea equipment from Des Lardner’s Organic.