Tired? Snoring a problem?

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Are you sleepy during the day, and tired all the time? Waking up unrefreshed and with headaches? Is your snoring loud and keeping your partner up? You might have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a sleep condition characterized by episodes of ‘apnoea’ during sleep. It is most common in men over the age of 30, of which one in four is estimated to be affected, though it can occur in any age group, male or female. During episodes of apnoea, a person’s breathing is reduced or may even stop. When this occurs, oxygen levels fall and sleep is disrupted. The person wakes briefly but often falls straights back to sleep and as a result does not realize that these episodes are occurring. Partners may notice the person chokes, coughs and gags during the episodes. As these episodes may occur anything upwards of tens of times per hour during sleep, the person wakes feeling unrefreshed and remains tired and sleepy during the day.

What are the more serious consequences of OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea also has other more serious consequences – it affects a person’s mood, increasing their risk of depression and anxiety. It affects relationships due to snoring, mood problems and a lack of sleep. There is also an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) and those with sleep apnoea are four times more likely to have motor vehicle accidents than others due to ‘microsleeps’.

How is OSA diagnosed?
Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can be achieved by speaking with your doctor, who may order a diagnostic sleep study for you. Diagnostic sleep studies are non invasive, and can be performed in hospital or at home. Both private and bulk billed sleep studies may be available. Once the sleep study has been completed, your doctor will be able to advise you on whether you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, and the best way to manage the condition.

If you suspect you or your partner may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, please book an appointment with our doctors online or by calling 07 3267 5088 to speak to one of our friendly receptionist.

Otherwise if you are unsure – try our online Epworth Sleepiness Scale Test, which gives a measure of how sleepy you are during the day, and whether you may have an underlying sleep disorder.

Protecting your family from Flu

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With winter just around the corner, it is time to consider taking steps to protect you and your family from ‘the flu’. Influenza, or ‘the flu’ is a viral infection of the airways and the lungs. In most cases, it causes an illness associated with fevers, muscles aches, tiredness, with coughing, runny noses and sore throats. Most people will recover after one week. However, severe complications such as pneumonia may occur, especially for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

You can help reduce the spread of the illness by taking some simple hygiene precautions. Washing your hands regular, staying at home when you are unwell, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will all help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the illness.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.

The vaccine is now available at Banyo Clinic, and can be obtained through our bulk billed Flu Vaccine Clinics (A fee for the vaccine may apply, though it is available free for people older than 65 years of age, and those with eligible chronic health conditions. You can find out from your doctor whether you might be eligible for a free influenza vaccine.)

You can make a booking for your vaccine through online booking, or through our reception by calling 07 3267 5088.