Understanding the Mystery of Sleep Apnoea

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The Causes and Symptoms


What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a prevalent sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when an individual’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. These pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur multiple times throughout the night. There are three different kinds of sleep apnoea, caused by either muscular variations, messages from the brain or a combination of the two.


Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

This is the most common form of sleep apnoea and typically occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax excessively, leading to partial or complete blockage of the airway.


Central Sleep Apnoea

Unlike OSA, central sleep apnoea occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles responsible for controlling breathing.


Mixed Sleep Apnoea

This type of sleep apnoea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnoea.


While this condition can cause serious complications, it is often very manageable with a routine suited to one’s type of sleep apnoea and how severe it is. 


Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

Identifying the symptoms of sleep apnoea is crucial for seeking timely medical intervention. While your brain is waking you up enough to breathe, this prevents restful healthy sleep. Some common signs and symptoms to look out for are: 


Loud Snoring

One of the hallmark symptoms of sleep apnoea is loud and persistent snoring. While not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea, it is often a significant indicator.


Pauses in Breathing

Witnessed by a partner or family member, pauses in breathing during sleep are a key indicator of sleep apnoea.


Excessive Daytime Sleepiness 

Individuals with sleep apnoea often experience excessive daytime sleepiness, even after a full night’s sleep.


Morning Headaches 

Waking up with a headache is a common complaint among those with sleep apnoea due to decreased oxygen levels during sleep.


Irritability and Mood Changes 

Sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnoea can lead to irritability, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating.


Dry Mouth or Sore Throat 

Breathing through the mouth during sleep can cause dry mouth and sore throat upon waking.


Difficulty Concentrating 

Impaired cognitive function and difficulty concentrating are common symptoms of sleep apnoea due to disrupted sleep patterns.


Expert Dental Care, When You Need It

Sleep apnoea is a serious sleep disorder that can significantly impact overall health and quality of life if left untreated. Recognising the signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea is the first step towards seeking appropriate medical care. If you or a loved one experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a dentist or sleep specialist, for proper diagnosis and treatment. We’ll work with you to find the right approach to manage your sleep apnoea for better sleep and improved overall health and well-being. 

Want to speak to one of our sleep specialists about sleep dentistry? Contact our Mandurah team on 08 9366 1800 or our Winthrop team on 9310 5960.

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