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What To Do About Your Sleep Apnoea

What To Do About Your Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a relatively common disorder caused by the narrowing of the throat muscles. This blocks the airway passage and causes loud snoring. 

What are the types of sleep apnoea?

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea causes the soft tissue of the throat to relax, blocking the airway. It is the most common type of sleep apnoea.
  • Central sleep apnoea is caused by the failure of the brain to signal the muscles responsible for breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnoea is a combination of central sleep apnoea and obstructive sleep apnoea.

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea?

  • Loud snoring is the first major warning sign.
  • Short periods of interrupted breathing.
  • Gasping or choking during sleep.
  • Daytime exhaustion.

What are the treatment options for sleep apnoea?

  • Regular exercise
  • Sleep on your side 
  • Your dentist can fit you with oral appliances that regulate sleep apnoea. 
  • Using breathing devices or implants
  • Surgery

Why should I get treatment for sleep apnoea?

Treat your sleep apnoea to avoid issues like diabetes, heart disease or liver failure. Sleep apnoea is also known to cause depression and irritability. 

Do you have sleep apnoea? An in-home Sleep Test provides a quick, convenient and affordable way to have sleep apnoea confirmed. All studies are independently analysed by experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals, and use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy. 

Learn more about sleep apnoea: https://www.sleeptest.co.uk

 

Did You Know Snoring Could be a Sign of Sleep Apnoea?

Loud snoring is one of the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea. Most people don’t even realise they are snoring until their partner mentions it has kept them awake all night!

Obstructive sleep apnoea is quite a serious condition where the airways close while you are asleep, so your breathing stops and restarts, resulting in loss of oxygen. This airway closure results in snoring, as well as gasps, snorts or choking sounds. Other signs of sleep apnoea include waking up with a headache and dry mouth, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

As well as constant tiredness, daytime sleepiness and irritability from the lack of good quality sleep, there are serious health risks associated with sleep apnoea. These include a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes and developing diabetes. Sleep apnoea can also lead to weight gain and depression.

As sleep apnoea is so common, many dentists can provide oral devices to help. You may want to ask a dentist who is a specialist in sleep apnoea to make sure you get the most effective and comfortable oral device.

Do you have sleep apnoea? An in-home Sleep Test provides a quick, convenient and affordable way to have sleep apnoea confirmed. All studies are independently analysed by experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals, and use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy. 

Learn more about sleep apnoea: https://www.sleeptest.co.uk

Author: JENNY HALL

About author: Jenny Hall is a clinical manager at Intus Healthcare’s parent company, Baywater Healthcare. She has extensive specialist clinical experience from Regional Nurse Adviser through to Senior Nurse Adviser, Service Lead and Contract Manager. She has provided leadership for the Regional Nurse Advisers ensuring best practice, implementation of National Guidance and Clinical Governance. Ms. Hall has worked with Baywater Healthcare since 2013, with leadership responsibility in delivering Home Oxygen and Long-Term Conditions services. Her clinical team focuses on delivering services closer to home which offer the NHS value with optimum clinical outcomes. Previously, Ms. Hall provided leadership to Regional Nurse Advisors with Air Products, a company providing home oxygen services to Wales, East Midlands and North London. She has served as a Senior COPD National Trainer and Nurse Adviser COPD Response with Innovex, ensuring highest competencies were maintained and best practices delivered. Ms. Hall has a Ba Honours Degree as a Registered General Nurse from Oxford Brookes University and MSc Health Studies from Staffordshire University. She completed Respiratory Education and Training Courses and the Edinburgh Sleep Course. Jenny Hall’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-hall-34331b60/
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