What is OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a serious and lifelong medical condition that affects 750,000 Australians. Data released by Deloitte Access Economics in 2011 showed that the incidence of OSA increases as we get older. OSA is a chronic, lifelong medical condition that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life. It has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving related accidents and stroke.
It can have a significant impact on quality of life, placing unnecessary strain on relationships between bed partners, family and in the workplace.
What Causes OSA?
During sleep, muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue at the back of throat can sag, narrowing and constricting the airway.
If you or a loved one have OSA or display symptoms such as snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, pauses in breathing or teeth grinding while sleeping, treatment is essential.
Ask your physician or dentist about taking an Apnoea Risk Evaluation Screening test, which is a simple questionnaire. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnoea and are having trouble wearing your CPAP, consider using Continuous Open Airway Therapy.
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¹Lattimore J et al. J Am Coll Coridal 2003; 41: 1429-1437