There is nothing worse than an interrupted sleep that leaves you feeling tired and groggy the next day… we’ve all been there!
However, some of us will experience difficulties sleeping much more than others as a result of suffering from Sleep Apnoea. When left untreated, this can be a potentially serious sleep disorder.
If you regularly experience an interrupted sleep, we’ve discussed this disorder in detail below and have also provided some useful advice to help you overcome the symptoms.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a disorder that interrupts your breathing throughout the night. It usually affects men aged between 40 and 70 years old, however it can affect any number of individuals, resulting in loss of sleep.
The most common symptom of sleep apnoea is snoring, however the signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea often overlap, sometimes making it difficult to determine if you have sleep apnoea.
We’ve broken down the most common signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnoea below:
- Loud snoring
- Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Awakening with a dry mouth
- Morning headache
Alongside these symptoms, the causes of sleep apnoea can vary, but aggravating factors include the use of sedatives and nasal obstruction.
If you experience any of the above on a regular basis, we highly recommend that you visit your doctor as soon as possible.
This will allow you to receive an official diagnosis and equip you with the information to manage this disorder.
There are also a number of changes that you can make to your daily routine to help reduce the risk and severity of Sleep Apnoea:
- Manage your diet and exercise
- Avoid sleeping on your back
- Stop smoking or cut back as much as possible
- Avoid alcohol and sedatives before going to bed