8 Signs of Sleep Apnoea

headacheSleep apnoea is primarily a disorder characterised by temporary interruptions in breathing during sleep. The interruptions are numerous and each episode can last as many as ten seconds.

The occurrence and prevalence of sleep apnoea has continued to soar in the world today. The continued increase in the incidence of sleep apnoea has been seen alongside that of obesity which is now recognised as an epidemic.

It is approximated that 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea today. The condition is more prevalent in men even though it increases in women of advanced age. OSA has a higher prevalence in women over 50 years of age with every one in four women above 65 years of age suffering from sleep apnoea.

According to a study undertaken at the University of Wisconsin Madison, obesity has been pointed out as the reason behind the drastic increase in the incidence of sleep apnoea. It has been shown that up to 80 to 90 percent of sleep apnoea symptoms are a direct result of obesity.

Other observations and reports from the study indicate that as many as 4 to 5 million people in America are likely to suffer from sleep apnoea. Additionally, the incidence of obstructive sleep apnoea over the last twenty years has risen by a massive 55 percent.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea include:

        i.            Chronic headaches

      ii.            Snoring

    iii.            Waking throughout the night frequently

     iv.            Poor memory

       v.            Daytime sleepiness

     vi.            Irritability

   vii.            Difficulty falling asleep

 viii.            Depression

     ix.            Trouble and impairment in the making of decisions, driving and focusing

Obstructive sleep apnoea is considered a very serious condition owing to the fact that the condition significantly increases the risk of other serious health conditions.

A study undertaken back in 2011 whose lead author was Dr Kristine Yaffe, professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology at the University of California San Francisco, found that sleep apnoea deprives the brain and other vital body organs of much needed oxygen. Lack of sufficient oxygen to the brain will over time lead to a decline in cognitive ability. Timely treatment of sleep apnoea will certainly be important in the delay or prevention of dementia in older adults.

Another study reported the increased risk of stroke in middle-aged and older adults, particularly men, who have OSA. Men with moderate to severe sleep apnoea were three times more likely to suffer from a stroke when compared to men without sleep apnoea.

Other health conditions associated with sleep apnoea are depression, small brain lesions, high blood pressure, hearing loss and heart disease.

To conclude, the proper diagnosis and proper treatment of sleep apnoea should be obtained to restore and improve the quality of life.


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Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

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Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.