What are the symptoms?
The most common signs and symptom of sleep apnoea include:
- Loud and frequent snoring
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Silent pauses in breathing
- Constant awakenings or restless sleep resulting in unrefreshed sleep
- Morning headaches
- Daytime fatigue or sleepiness
- Insomnia due to difficulty staying asleep
- Impaired concentration, alertness and memory
- Personality changes, moodiness, irritability or depression
Early recognition and treatment of sleep apnoea is critical, as the inability to achieve and maintain deeper stages of sleep can lead to other risk factors such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes and abnormal liver function.
Sleep is one of our most basic needs. We all know that good sleep is needed after the activities of the day to feel refreshed, restored and able to face the next day’s challenges satisfactorily. Other important functions which occur during sleep include: the processing of information and the consolidation of memory.
Inadequate sleep can result from insufficient duration (often because not enough time in bed has been allowed for), inappropriate timing (as can occur with shift work or jet lag) or inadequate quality (as occurs with sleep disorders). The consequences of inadequate sleep include: tiredness and lethargy; impaired memory and concentration; disturbed ability to perform tasks requiring attention, vigilance and complex thinking; and mood changes, such as, an increase in irritability.
If you are unsure you have sleep apnoea, please contact us on 1300 800 357 and speak to one of our consultants who will be able to provide advice and arrange for a diagnostic sleep test.