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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Treatment

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Treatment

Are you sleeping with the enemy? Obstructive Sleep Apnoea ?

Sleep apnoea is a plague that causes fatigue as well as serious health issues, let Medi-Sleep Clinic help you ensure your sleeping patterns are optimum so you can get the most out of your Sleep zZzzz.

Are you sleeping with the enemy? Obstructive Sleep Apnoea ?

Most of us know that feeling you get from a long day at work, where you come home, open your bedroom door and collapse on your bed – sprawling your limbs out in every direction. While this relief is considered normal it can also signify exertion or other health issues suggesting that you may need to get more sleep in order to avoid health complications caused by sleep apnoea.

Why is sleep important?

We spend about a third of our lives sleeping and even though it is a seemingly trivial thing, you will learn to cherish it as you get older as we don’t always have control over our sleep patterns.  Science proves that there are many benefits to healthy sleep patterns including improved circulation, metabolism and memory. Being a night owl ruins the body’s natural healing process as sleep is used as a mechanism to recharge, as well as process our day and store memories, while discarding unnecessary information. Sleeping can also help with other parts of the body including the rejuvenation of skin cells.

To ensure the best possible sleep ensure that:

  • Your room is kept as dark as possible, pitch black is better
  • Your room is kept cool
  • Invest in quality soft pillows and blankets
  • You have a consistent wake up time and bed time

Do you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

A common cause for disruptive sleep patterns is a disorder called ‘Obstructive sleep apnoea’ – or OSA. OSA is the most common type of sleep apnoea, caused by obstruction of the upper airway. This obstruction causes the sufferer to repeatedly struggle for breath in their sleep, even at times waking up gasping and going without oxygen for up to 1 minute. OSA can have destructive effects on your body, including an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes and it can also effect the growth and development of children. OSA has also been linked to bruxing (grinding of the teeth while asleep) and TMJ – an uncomfortable positioning of the jaw/skull joint which can result in abnormal mouth function and pain.

Symptoms of OSA

  • Snoring, choking or gasping while asleep
  • Long pauses between breaths while asleep
  • Fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness & difficulty with long term concentration

If you believe you have sleep apnoea you should see a doctor as soon as possible due to the potentially damaging effects. Your doctor may recommend you to a sleep clinic to officially diagnose you, but this is nothing to be nervous about. Your dentist at Medi-Sleep Clinic may also be able to assist you with OSA problems, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Melbourne Sleep Clinic