Sleep Apnoea explained
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Normally the muscles that control the upper airway relax
during sleep. If they relax too much, the upper airway
becomes too narrow and some people begin to snore.
If the airway becomes too narrow, this may cause breathing
difficulties. Sometimes the airway becomes completely
blocked and the person temporarily stops breathing,
experiencing an "obstructive apnoea". This can last for ten
seconds or more. It may happen frequently, even several
hundred times a night.
Total Sleep Care (TSC)
Total Sleep Care, an Attune company, provides a
holistic solution to the diagnosis and treatment
of sleep disorders for public and private patients.
• Portable and sleep unit based sleep studies
• Sleep assessments and management plans
• Insomnia treatment
• CPAP mask and machine supply from all major manufacturers
• Sleep care plans for ongoing compliance management of patients with OSA
• Ongoing care of each person attending our clinics
• Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, Respiratory and Sleep Specialist
and Psychologist consultation available
The first step to help you
To treat Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Attune conducts a diagnostic sleep study of your usual night's sleep to identify the causes which may contribute to your sleep disorder. Once results have been studied, diagnosis is determined. The results dictate the appropriate therapy required to reduce the symptoms.
The most common form of Sleep Apnoea is OSA, which is easily managed by Total Sleep Care (TSC) Sleep Clinicians and CPAP treatment. Other types of Sleep Apnoea require alternative procedures but follow a similar strategy to reduce the symptoms. These include Central Sleep Apnoea and Mixed Sleep Apnoea.
If you are having trouble getting a peaceful night's sleep, contact Attune today to consult
a sleep physician.
The Physical effects
of Sleep Apnoea
If you have this condition, every time an apnoea occurs you struggle
to breathe, placing stress on your brain and heart. Night after night
your sleep is disrupted. You experience the kind of tiredness that affects
the quality of your work, life and relationships. Your partner may hear
the tell tale signs of Sleep Apnoea while you sleep, snoring followed
by a period of silence, and then, perhaps a loud snort or a gasp as
you resume breathing.
• According to the latest research, individuals chronically achieving less than 6 hours of sleep per night, have a 36% increased risk of death
• Sleepiness contributes to poorer vigilance, slower reflexes and a reduced ability to think clearly and make informed decisions
• A person foresaking sleep for 24 hours suffers impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 – double the legal blood alcohol limit
• The impact of sleepiness on an individual’s social and working life is obvious
Not sure if you
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