How A Sleep Apnea Test Can Save Your Life
Do you constantly feel tired, snore loudly, and have trouble concentrating?
The bad news is that you could be amongst the 1 in 5 Australians who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The good news is that Sleep Clinic Services is here to help, from testing through to successful treatment.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious form of sleep disordered breathing (SDB), where the sufferer stops breathing repeatedly while asleep. What’s scary about it is that most people don’t know they have it. In Australia, around 1 in 5 adults have sleep apnea, but about 80% of sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed.
There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea.
The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA for short. OSA happens when the muscles in the back of the throat relax and fail to keep your airway open.
The Importance of Early Diagnosis
If left untreated, sleep apnea can have a profound impact on your overall health. Apart from increased fatigue and impaired mental functioning, sleep apnea is also clearly linked to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
If you snore and have any of these conditions, then it’s important you get tested sooner rather than later.
Early diagnosis of sleep apnea is a game-changer as it allows for timely intervention and treatment. Our patients often report the “life-changing” results they enjoy from effective sleep apnea treatment.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea symptoms differ from person to person, but here are some of the signs to look out for:
- Persistent loud snoring
- Suddenly gasping or choking while you sleep
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Being super tired during the day
- Having trouble staying focused
- Feeling moody
If some of these things are happening to you, it's a good idea to reach out for professional help. A good place to start is our free online risk assessment.
Health Risks Associated With Untreated Sleep Apnea
Repeated pauses in breathing during sleep lead to a drop in blood oxygen levels, which puts a strain on your cardiovascular system.
The extra stress on your heart can increase your odds of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke.
Recent research definitively ruled that people with sleep apnea are five times more likely to develop heart disease, and 60% more likely to experience a stroke¹.
The Impact of Sleep Apnea On Daily Life
Sleep apnea truly impacts your entire well-being. The lack of restorative rest can leave you feeling exhausted during the day, making it difficult to perform daily tasks. Work, school and your relationships can all suffer.
And reduced sleep quality ultimately leads to all the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation, including depression and anxiety.
Getting A Sleep Apnea Test
If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s a good idea to get a sleep apnea test done so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with, and what options are available to you. Sleep Clinic Services provides nationwide at-home sleep tests, which are totally fuss-free.
So whether you live in a city or in a rural area - we deliver the equipment to you, so you don't have to endure any uncomfortable (and pricey!) overnight stays at a sleep lab.
Our step-by-step process was designed to be user-friendly - plus we provide video instructions to ensure maximum ease.
Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea
If it turns out that you do have sleep apnea, don’t worry, there are several excellent treatment options available.
For more severe cases, the ‘gold standard’ treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
Other forms of treatment options include:
- Oral appliances such as mandibular advancement splints (MAS) and tongue-retaining devices
- Upper airway stimulation (UAS)
- Specially designed pillows and positioners, and more.
We’ll explain your options and help you find the best solution.
Sleep Clinic Services is a proud provider of not only user-friendly diagnosis, but also proactive, on-going care. We offer a successful treatment guarantee, so that you can rest easy knowing you will get the results you need.
Taking Action For Your Health
We know that dealing with sleep concerns can be tough, but our team of Care Coordinators are committed to making sure you feel heard and to making a real difference in your journey towards healthy sleep.
So don’t delay and don’t let sleep apnea silently deteriorate your health – seek help, get tested, and let’s do what it takes to improve your sleep and well-being.
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I didn't know I really had sleep apnea and was surprised when the sleep test and report showed how badly my sleep was being affected.
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