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We are considering running Sleep Apnoea clinics where you can be tested for Sleep Apnoea. These are overseen by a specialist doctor. If appropriate, equipment is then trialed at night to feel increase in your quality of sleep, reduction of snoring in the bedroom and feel less exhausted during the day.
How do you know that someone may have Sleep Apnoea?
The 10 Most Common Signs:
As you stop breathing frequently during the night, less oxygen is making its way to your brain. Low oxygen levels initiate the widening of blood vessels.
The repeated awakenings associated with obstructive sleep apnoea make normal, restorative sleep impossible.
Poor Concentration: Oxygen desaturations due to sleep apnoea leads to impaired brain function. When sleep is constantly interrupted, it causes sleepiness during the day that makes concentrating difficult and can impact memory.
Irritability: There are decreased levels of the neurotransmitters (glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acic) found in those with sleep apnoea. These neurotransmitters affect mood and are important for helping make endorphins and regulating emotions.
Falling Asleep During Routine Activities: When an apnoea occurs the brain wakes you up, causing sleep disruption and/or sleep fragmentation leading to excessive sleepiness and increased chance of falling asleep during the day.
Loud, Persistent Snoring:
The sound produced by vibrations in the upper respiratory airways during sleep. It is caused by partial blockage or obstructions as air is being restricted from moving easily through the airways.
Witnessed Pause in Breathing: During an apnoea the upper airway is obstructed and breathing may stop; this can often be heard by the bed partner.
Choking or Gasping for Air: As the upper airway collapses during an apnoea, oxygen levels drop, which leads to an arousal from sleep to take a deep gasping breath. Waking during an apnoea or hypopnoea can create a choking feeling.
Restless Sleep: The brain responds with arousals to low oxygen levels, interrupting the stages of sleep and causing restless sleep.
Frequent Visits to the Bathroom:
Obstructive sleep apnoea leads to the production of the hormone atrial natriuretic peptide, which induces the frequent need to urinate.
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