Sleep Apnoea is a medical condition characterised by recurrent cessations of breathing or decreased breathing during sleep. It is part of a spectrum of condition known as sleep disordered breathing.

An episode of apnoea is defined as cessation of breathing for more than 10 seconds.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea include

  • Loud snoring in most positions
  • Observed apnoea by sleep partners or family members
  • Awakened from sleep by gasping, choking or with sense of dread or anxiety
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness e.g. falling asleep easily while reading, watching TV and driving
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Abnormal nocturnal activities e.g. sleep walking, periodic limb movement, night sweats, reduced libido, and frequent visits to the toilet at night
  • Morning Headaches
  • Poor concentration and memory

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is linked to the following Medical Conditions

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease & Heart Attacks
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes Mellitis
  • Obesity
  • Increase risk of dying

When one holds one’s breath, the oxygen level in the blood drops and the body senses this. The heart will react by working harder to pump blood around the body. Over time this leads to significant stress of the heart and circulatory system res