Short of Breath While Sleeping?
Sleep Apnoea Casula
Loud snoring leaving you feeling exhausted during the day?
Find out what causes sleep apnoea, how to recognise the symptoms, and what you can do to help yourself or a loved one.
Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep problem where breathing is repeatedly disturbed while sleeping.
If you loudly snore and don’t feel as energetic, mentally sharp, or productive during the day, you might have sleep apnoea.
Causes of Sleep Apnoea
The most common cause of OSA is related to the soft tissues of the mouth and throat, which becomes more relaxed when sleeping.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is most common among men.
Risk factors are as follows:
- Being overweight
- Having a large neck
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Family history of sleep apnoea
- Enlarged tonsils or tongue
- Being over the age of 40
Obstructive sleep apnoea can also occur to children, usually has to do with issues like enlarged tonsils or sinus problems but may also be because of dental conditions such as having a large overlapping of the teeth and irregular bites.
There are also other forms of sleep apnoea, like central and complex sleep apnoea.
Central sleep apnoea (CSA) occurs when there is failure breathing due to the nervous system failing to control and induce breathing.
Risk factors for CSA include:
- Old age
- Heart disorders
- Narcotic pain medication
Complex sleep apnoea occurs when a person has OSA and CSA at the same time.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea
Symptoms of sleep apnoea are as follows:
- Long pauses in breathing while sleeping
- Choking or gasping for air while sleeping
- Loud snoring
- Waking up in the middle of your sleep to catch your breath
- Being tired and sleepy during daytime
Treatment for Sleep Apnoea
If you have sleep apnoea, you can start treating it at home by making lifestyle changes and adjustments to your sleeping routine, which include the following:
- Losing weight
- Getting more exercise
- Avoid alcoholic drinks right before sleeping
- Do not take sleeping pills
- Do not take medications without physician’s advice
- Try sleeping on your side
Your Casula dentist can examine your mouth to make sure that your sleep apnoea is not associated with any dental problems. We may also recommend treatment options.
Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Casula
If you have or think you might have sleep apnoea, see your Casula dentist immediately.
Treatment can alleviate your symptoms and might help prevent more severe problems such as heart problems and other complications.
Visit your Casula dentist today!
We are located at Shop 17A Casula Mall, 1 Ingham Drive in Casula.