Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea = STOPPING BREATHING WHILE SLEEPING - VERY DANGEROUS

  • Loud snoring – can cause strained relationships
  • Floppy structures in mouth stick together periodically causing cessation of breathing
  • Brain registers this stoppage and then wakes you up – can be a sudden gasp in severe cases
  • Resulting sleep disturbance causes :
    • poor sleep quality
    • tiredness in the morning
    • tired during the day
    • falling asleep at work or while driving (thus public drivers must be screened)

Medical Complications

  • heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Impotence

All due to the stress response of struggling to breathe at night.

snoring

When to worry:

  • Snoring with dry mouth in the morning
  • awaking feeling unrefreshed
  • getting up to pass urine at night – diagnostic for severe sleep apnoea
  • Add in being male with high blood pressure seals the diagnosis

Options:

Discuss with a specialist experienced in this field

  1. Septoplasty plus Tonsillectomy
  2. CPAP