• Repeated loud snoring interrupted by periods of silence • Restless sleep • Falling asleep at work, while driving etc. • Loss of energy and fatigue • Morning headaches • Trouble concentrating • Irritablity • Forgetfulness • Depression • Sexual dysfunction • Witnessed apnea • Waking up gasping for air at night • Waking up with a dry mouth • Excessive nightime urination
It is possible that you may be suffering from sleep apnoea, a debilitating condition.
Sleep apnoea is the reduction of airflow to the lungs during sleep. This may be due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where the soft tissues in the throat collapse and block the air passage, or to central sleep apnea, where the brain fails to signal the body to breathe. OSA sufferers constantly battle to breathe and are restless throughout the night, seldom achieving refreshing sleep.
Before the study, sleep clinic staff will make an appointment with you to discuss all your symptoms in detail, explain how the test is done and assist you with arrangements with your medical aid. Dedicated technologists perform the sleep study during the night of investigation. The specialist sleep physician will interpret the results and explain them to you the following morning and suggest various methods of treatment with you. How is obstructive sleep apnoea treated?
Therapy is done by means of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). A device delivers a small amount of air pressure to your airways while you sleep, thus maintaining an open airway passage. If obstructive sleep apnoea is diagnosed during the overnight sleep study, a repeat sleep study will be arranged, this time with the assistance of CPAP, to determine what the optimum air pressure for your level of seriousness would be. How do I make an appointment for a sleep study