Undiagnosed Sleep Apnoea Might Be Why You’re Drowsy All Day

drowsySleep apnoea is one of the most common sleep disorders. Lack of awareness on symptoms has meant sleep apnoea is undiagnosed in many people.

Key takeaways:

·         Sleep apnoea does not only affect the older overweight individuals, it affects all manner of people male and female, young and old.

·         Untreated sleep apnoea will not only affect sleep patterns but also raises the risk of a number of serious health problems.

·         Sleep apnoea impacts day-to-day quality of life by impairing cognitive function, processing speed, decision making, mood, creativity, motor skills and more.

Research suggests that untreated sleep apnoea significantly increases risks of near-misses and accidents, particularly for men. Prior work also noted increased risk of accidents and more severe injury in people with sleep apnoea.

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Undiagnosed Sleep Apnoea Might Be Why you’re Drowsy All Day

drowsyA lack of awareness has led to sleep apnoea going unnoticed and undiagnosed despite the sleep disorder being one of the most common. People are not well sensitized on the signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea.

Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnoea will not only disrupt sleep patterns but will also lead to an increase in the risk of serious health conditions. Sleep apnoea will additionally lead to the feeling of being drowsy and fatigues all through the day. It will lead to decreased ability to work effectively and to drive with concentration and safely.

It was previously thought that sleep apnoea was a condition that affected people who were older or were overweight. The reality has been different since sleep apnoea will affects male and female, the young and the old, the fit and those out of shape. It therefore can affect anyone or everyone hence the need to know about the signs and symptoms.

According to the American Sleep Apnoea Association, more than 22 million American suffer from sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea has been described as cessation of breathing for durations of time during sleep and will happen severally in the course of the night.

Sleep apnoea can be caused by physical blockage in the back of the throat and in other cases as a result of nervous miscommunication between the nervous system and the muscles. It some cases, sleep apnoea can be caused by both factors.

It is estimated that 80 percent of moderate and severe sleep apnoea will go undiagnosed. People will often miss the early symptoms whereas other will simply assume that they are heavy snorers.

Sleep apnoea is associated with a high risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, insulin resistance, and type II diabetes. Sleep apnoea is also linked to impaired cognitive function, general intellectual and executive function, decision making, concentration, alertness and poor mood. These problems will affect learning, memory, creativity and other mental functions.

Studies have shown that sleep apnoea may cause impairment of neurological functions and quality of life. It will affect processing speeds and motor skills due to the low oxygen saturation in the blood. Other effects of sleep apnoea are the high risk of depression and anxiety. 

Overall, fatigue combined with impaired memory, mood and cognition can affect productivity in many ways, from making it harder to focus on a task to difficulty remembering information. Drowsiness and fatigue will also make driving dangerous to you and for everyone else on the road. Drowsy driving is associated with thousands of accidents each year. Research suggests that untreated sleep apnoea significantly increases risks of near-misses and accidents especially among men.

The symptoms of sleep apnoea should not be ignored and an individual should not resign to fate and settle with feeling tired and drowsy all day. There are numerous treatment methods available which range from lifestyle adjustments to breathing devices. Getting healthy sleep can make a world of difference at work and for quality of life and health.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

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

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

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.