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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea is one of the most common sleep disorder found in adults from all over the world. It’s a condition when a person’s upper airway repeatedly collapses during sleep, which creates a continuous obstruction in airflow resulting in snoring and paused breathing.

Adult Population with OSA

It’s estimated that about 10 percent of the world population is suffering from OSA (it can be mild, moderate or severe sleep apnoea).

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Apnoea Hypopnea Index(AHI)?

A person’s stage of OSA is measured using the Apnoea Hypopnea Index (AHI):

  • Normal Sleep

    – fewer than five interruptions per hour considered to be normal

  • Mild Sleep Apnoea

    – if you are getting between 5-15 interruptions per hour then its mild sleep apnoea.

  • Moderate Sleep Apnoea

    – interruptions between 15-30 per hour is considered a moderate level.

  • Severe Sleep Apnoea

    – more than 30 interruptions per hour, you need to see the expert as soon as possible.

Signs of Sleep Apnoea


Night Time Symptoms:
-Loud and continuous snoring
-Witnessing pauses in breath
-Waking up with the dry mouth
-Restless sleep
-A sensation of choking

Day Time Symptoms:
-You are sleepy all day even after 7-8 hour sleep
-Early morning headache
-Poor focus and concentration
-Mood swings and irritability

If waking up with a headache or feeling sleepy all day has become common for you then its time to see a doctor and get your OSA diagnosed.

Does OSA a serious health issue?

Yes, you should never take it for granted.

The Effects of Untreated OSA!

Untreated OSA can likely lead to life-threatening diseases including: Stroke Heart Attack or Heart failure Cardiovascular diseases High blood pressure Type 2 Diabetes Abnormal Heart Rhythm Depression Not just that, it can decrease your life expectancy by as much as 15 years!

Diagnosis


To diagnose your condition your doctor will look for the signs and symptoms, and may write few body checkups and tests.
An overnight diagnostic sleep test is necessary to confirm a diagnosis of OSA and evaluate its severity.
Sleep testing in Australia is classed across three different levels.
Level-1 diagnosis requires you to stay at the hospital overnight, they measure different data including ECG, EEG, EMG, EOG, etc.
Level-3 OSA diagnosis which can be conducted in the comfort of patients home.

TREATMENT

OSA is a treatable ailment and you can get rid of it with the help of some lifestyle changes and therapies. For a mild case of Obstructive sleep apnea, the expert might recommend only lifestyle changes.

If these lifestyle changes do not improve your condition of sleep apnoea then it’s recommended opting for the therapies and modern treatments. 

Certain devices can help open up a blocked airway. In other cases, surgery may be necessary.

Best way to cure OSA is to combine OSA therapy with some lifestyle changes.OSA has become more common because of sedentary lifestyle and consumption of wrong food.

Here are some lifestyle changes you can bring into your life:

-Bring your weight in control.
-Exercise on a regular basis, mix cardio with high-intensity training
-Restrict the consumption of alcohol.
-Quit smoking
-Sleep on your side or abdomen rather than on your back

CPAP(Continuous positive airway pressure)

One of the most reliable and widely used therapy for Obstructive sleep apnea. It’s a machine that delivers air pressure through a mask while you sleep. With CPAP, the air pressure is just enough to keep your upper airway passages open, preventing apnea and snoring. Although CPAP is a common method of treating sleep apnea, some people might find it uncomfortable to sleep with. Patients must find a perfectly fitted mask for their needs.

(Bi-level positive airway pressure)

CPAP might not be suitable for some patient’s needs because of its continuous air pressure. Bi-level positive airway pressure provides two levels of air pressure to the subject during the night, it automatically adjusts the pressure while you are sleeping. Higher pressure is delivered on inhalation, while a lower pressure is delivered on exhalation.

The Recommended OSA Treatment

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What is the cost of a CPAP machine in Australia?

We have invested in the CPAP machine, so that you don’t have to. You can simply use CPAP machine hire Melbourne services, treat your OSA and both you and your partner can enjoy a healthy, peaceful sleep!
Walk into our pharmacy and Get your CPAP machine hire Melbourne today!

Not sure if you are suffering from OSA? Talk to our trained professional and take an OSA test from the comforts of your home.

 

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