Sleep Apnoea

Feeling sleepy during the day? It could be sleep apnoea. Want to talk to someone then help is at our Deakin Avenue Pharmacy.

If you snore regularly, wake up tired and experience constant daytime fatigue, you may have a condition known as sleep apnoea.

The Flanagan & Poole Chemmart® Pharmacy Sleep Apnoea program is just one of the Wellbeing Services we offer. With a GP referral we offer home sleep study and work with Mildura Private Hospital and other sleep clinicians to provide advice, service, sales  and fitting of CPAP machines and masks.  Our trained technicians make sure you have the mask that suits you best and your machine is set up correctly for optimum results.

The word ‘apnoea’ literally means without breath and that’s a simple explanation of what happens to sleep apnoea sufferers. People with sleep apnoea stop breathing or experience extremely shallow breathing when they sleep.
Apnoeas can last for 10 to 20 seconds or more. And they can happen repeatedly throughout the night, sometimes as much as several hundred times.

This puts a strain on your body, raising blood pressure and reducing your quality of sleep. These repeated apnoeas reduce your oxygen levels, and this alerts your brain to wake the body to begin breathing again.

One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnoea is snoring although not all snorers have sleep apnoea. Normally, the muscles that control the upper airway relax during sleep. If they relax too much, the upper airway becomes narrow and some people begin to snore. If the airway becomes too narrow, this may cause breathing difficulties. Sometimes, the airway becomes completely blocked and the person temporarily stops breathing, experiencing an obstructive apnoea.

Sleep apnoea is as common as asthma and diabetes but  often remains undiagnosed. Every night, many people experience disturbed sleep patterns, which not only affect them but quite often partners and family members. Sleep apnoea can affect anyone. Some risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but anyone at any age can have this condition, even children.

Research shows that snoring and sleep apnoea are associated with many serious conditions. Left untreated, sleep apnoea can be a contributing factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and even depression. Moreover because people suffering sleep apnoea do not get a good night’s rest there is a high danger of drowsiness during the day which could cause injuries at work and affect driving, increasing the risk of accidents.

Symptoms from lack of sleep  may include:
•    Excessive daytime sleepiness
•    Poor concentration
•    Poor memory
Getting diagnosed  with sleep apnoea and effectively treating the condition is  important to reduce risks and improve quality of life.

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Type 2 Diabetes
72% of people with type 2 Diabetes may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Drug-Resistant Hypertension
80% of people with Drug-Resistant Hypertension and may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Congestive Heart Failure
73% of people with Congestive Heart Failure may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Atrial Fibrillation
50% of people with Atrial Fibrillation may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.

All Hypertension
35% of people with all types of Hypertension may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Coronary Artery Disease
30% of people with Coronary Artery Disease may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.

30% of people with Angina may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.