Sleep apnoea treatments
High Blood Pressure
At risk of Heart Attack or Stroke
The health of your heart and blood vessels is closely related to a healthy
night’s sleep. A common sleep disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA),
a condition characterised by periodic interruptions in breathing during sleep,
can result in heart attack or stroke if left untreated.
Successful CPAP treatment has been shown to reduce high blood pressure
and prevent fatal heart attack in patients with OSA when compared with
people with OSA who were not treated with CPAP.
Did you know that up to 58% of people with Type 2 Diabetes also
suffer from a sleep disorder known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
(OSA)? The majority of people with Type 2 Diabetes are unaware
they may also have OSA. The good news is that current research
shows that the effective treatment of OSA in people with Type 2
Diabetes can result in a:
• significant improvement in insulin sensitivity
• significant reduction in after-meal blood glucose level
• significant reduction in arterial blood pressure
Overweight and obesity
Recent scientific research has discovered remarkable links between
the regulation of our "hunger" hormones, our sleep quality and our
weight. Two hormones in particular, Leptin and Ghrelin, appear to be
directly implicated. Leptin, produced in fat cells and Ghrelin, produced
in the gastro intestinal tract, work to regulate our feelings of "hunger"
or "fullness" (satiety). When we don’t get enough sleep or we sleep poorly,
Leptin levels drop, resulting in a feeling of dissatisfaction after we eat.
Cravings for high sugar and carbohydrate (high energy) foods increase.
At the same time lack of sleep also causes Ghrelin levels to rise. This hormone
stimulates our appetite, so we want more food.
Overweight and obese individuals are 50% more likely to suffer from
the most common sleep disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, which can
further disrupt sleep, hormone regulation and add new problems for the
overnight sufferer of the condition including a drop in blood oxygen levels
whenever the person sleeps.
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