Could you suffer from this common sleep condition?

Posted: March 6, 2018

Talk from 6-8pm on 16 March in the Academy, GWH

A sleep specialist nurse at the Great Western Hospital will be raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), in a health talk later this month.
Samantha Backway will be debunking myths on the causes of poor sleep as she raises awareness of OSA on Friday 16 March, from 6-8pm in the Academy at GWH.
OSA causes breathing difficulties during sleep and is more common in men than women, although many people go undiagnosed.
When you go to sleep your throat muscles relax and in some people this causes the airway to become narrow or even close completely, stopping you from breathing.
The common condition often causes snoring, excessive tiredness, memory problems, poor concentration, restlessness and irritability.
Some of the more gruelling symptoms include witnessed pauses in breathing, frequent bathroom visits during the night, a choking feeling as you try to sleep and headaches in the morning.
If the condition goes untreated, it can lead to other health problems including high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

Treatment is very effective

Samantha said: "It's important to be aware of the symptoms - most people are often unaware that they have the condition.
"Treatment is very effective and can help to improve your quality of life life and relationships with current or future partners.
"I also want people to know what a difference continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) machines can make to your life and health if you suffer from sleep apnoea."

More information

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