Daytime sleepiness, fatigue and tiredness?
Irritability and mood changes?
Impotence and reduced sex drive?
Need to go to the toilet frequently during the night?
Sound familiar? You might have Sleep Apnoea. Sleep Apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway. Breathing stops for a period of time (generally between a few seconds and up to one minute) until the brain registers the small lack of breathing or a drop oxygen levels and sends a small wake-up call. The sleeper rouses slightly, opens the upper airway, typically snorts and gasps, then drifts back to sleep almost immediately.
Want to find out more?
Speak to your local doctor and get a referral.