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There are many conditions which can affect the length and quality of your sleep. Some of the most common include:

  • Snoring
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Periodic limb movement during sleep
  • Insomnia

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Of these, the most common condition requiring treatment is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). This is a type of snoring which is associated with stopping breathing during sleep. It causes a reduction in sleep quality and can also lead to daytime fatigue and sleepiness.

Severe snoring can reduce the depth and quality of breathing as it causes the back of the throat to close. The increased effort required to breathe then causes the sleep disturbance. It is common for sufferers to wake suddenly with a start.

It is important to note that OSA sufferers don’t wake because of the snoring; they wake due to a reduction in the quality of their breathing. However, the noise of the snoring can wake their partner.

How do you know if you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Common symptoms of OSA include:

  • Struggling to breathe during sleep
  • Heavy snoring
  • Weight gain
  • Increased collar size of 17 inches or more
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive tiredness during the day
  • Declining levels of motivation

How can you treat Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

There are several different treatments available for sufferers of OSA. A breathing aid called a CPAP machine or an orthodontic dental splint can help to stop snoring and alleviate the symptoms of OSA. There are also some other specialist treatments, which we can provide if required.

Treating OSA is important because:

  • It disrupts both yours and your partner’s sleep
  • It can worry your partner
  • It is associated with other medical conditions including high blood pressure, type II diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

For more information about Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and other sleep studies and conditions, please call our free helpline for expert advice: 0800 917 4922.

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