Did you know an estimated 25% of Australian males have sleep apnea, 80% of which are undiagnosed?

Sleep Apnea is common in males and is described as when the airway in your throat collapses during sleep, and therefore restricts oxygen supply to vital organs.1 There are many risks and signs which are important to understand because, when diagnosed, sleep apnea can be effectively treated helping sufferers to continue living a healthy life.

The Signs:

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Choking or gasping for air during sleep

Although you may notice symptoms yourself, it’s important to also communicate with your partner as they’re most likely to notice symptoms during your sleep that you may be unaware of.

The Risks:

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have significant impact on your long-term health and  has been linked to other health problems, including:

  • Higher risk of diabetes, stroke
  • Low moods and depression
  • Experience headaches, poor concentration and/or irritability
  • Loss of memory and concentration
  • Loss of libido

With an estimated 80% of sleep apnea undiagnosed, speak to your GP or pharmacist if you feel you’re not getting a good night’s sleep.

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References

  1. Sleep Disorders Australia. Sleep Apnea.
  2. Health Direct. Sleep Apnea