Many people complain that their partner snores, but it may be a sign of an underlying condition- which could have serious implications if left untreated
Obstructive sleep apnoea happens when tissue in the back of your throat collapses and blocks your airway while you’re sleeping, cutting the amount of oxygen delivered throughout the body. When blood oxygen levels drop low enough, you momentarily wake up, though sometimes so briefly you don’t even know it.
So how can this affect your health?
The stopping of breathing while sleeping due to obstructive sleep apnoea creates a “fight or flight” reaction in your body. This reaction causes adrenaline to be released, and increases the production on the stress hormone Cortisol. Sleep is meant to be a time for your body to relax and recharge, but this chain reaction could be the reason why you wake up feeling unrested, or are tired through the day.
Other symptoms of sleep apnoea include:
• episodes during sleep where you stop breathing
• restless/unrefreshing sleep
• frequent trips to the toilet every night
• morning headaches
• excessive daytime sleepiness and irritability
• poor concentration
Sleep apnoea can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in over weight men between the ages of 30-65. If left untreated sleep apnoea can lead to increased blood pressure, heart disease, increased risk of stroke and diabetes.
How can sleep apnoea be treated & who can help?
Dr Suhaib Mohammed is able to offer advice on diagnosing sleep apnoea, and can provide an innovate device that has been proven successful in treating sleep apnoea, and preventing the health implications that come with it
Call the practice now on 01484 71417 or email Olivia@adhewett.co.uk for more information