What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a little known yet high impact problem for many people. Studies reveal that approximately 70% of people who regularly snore also have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This is a condition in which the soft tissues in the throat slightly collapse and are sucked against the back of the throat – manifesting in what is commonly referred to as snoring.

Sleep apnoea blocks the upper airway and airflow stops or is greatly reduced. This can have 3 serious effects:

  1. When the blood oxygen level becomes low enough the brain sends an arousal signal and the sleeper partially awakens, disrupting sleep
  2. Loud and disruptive noise for others sharing the bedroom
  3. If left untreated, there is risk of stroke, hypertension and heart disease

Read more about how sleep apnoea can cause other health problems here.

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