Diagnosis and treatment
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Diagnosis and treatment

Breathing is essential for life, yet it’s also something we usually take for granted. It’s not until you find yourself snoring at night, waking up tired or struggling to breathe that you appreciate the importance of every single breath.

If you’re having trouble breathing — while you’re asleep or during the day — it’s important to take your symptoms seriously. Once your breathing condition is diagnosed and treated, you can start to live the healthiest life possible.

Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important to your overall health as eating well and exercising regularly. That’s why it’s important to understand that snoring or regularly waking up tired means you probably aren’t getting the type of quality sleep you need.

How to get a good night’s sleep

How to get a good night’s sleep, from the sleep experts at ResMed.com. Try improving the quality of your sleep by following these important sleep tips.

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What should I do if I suspect a problem?

If you snore, wake up frequently during the night, or feel tired throughout the day, contact your doctor. Find out what you can do to feel better.

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What happens during sleep?

If you're not sleeping well at night, chances are you're not feeling your best during the day. Find out why sleep is so important to your overall health, and what happens if you don't get enough of it.

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What causes snoring?

What causes snoring? The snoring sound – a vibration in your throat caused by a narrowing of the upper airway – may be an indication of something more serious...

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Many people have sleep apnea, but may not even know it. It’s important to recognize some of the common symptoms (like snoring), and find out why you might be feeling so tired. The good news is, even if you do have sleep apnea, you’re certainly not alone—and there is something you can do about it.

What is sleep apnea and what are the symptoms?

What is sleep apnea? Learn more about the condition as well as the importance of correct diagnosis and treatment.

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Types of sleep apnea

Find out the differences between the three main types of sleep apnea, and how to recognize the symptoms in yourself or loved ones.

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What is sleep apnea ?

Find out exactly what is meant by "sleep apnea", and what happens to your body while you’re having an apnea.

When you have an apnea, air stops flowing to your lungs for 10 seconds or longer. A control centre in your brain triggers you to wake up just enough to take a breath. Then you fall back to sleep and the cycle begins again. In some people this can happen over 50 times every hour.

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Common symptoms of sleep apnea

It's important to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea so that you can take the necessary steps to improving your health.

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The good news

The good news about sleep apnea is that if you have it, you’re not alone. There is something you can do about it, and you’ll feel much better after being treated for it.

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Sleep apnea quiz

Find out if you're at risk of sleep apnea by taking this short quiz. You can then talk to your doctor about your results and get the medical care you need.

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Diagnosis - sleep apnea test

If you have trouble sleeping, snore or suspect that you have sleep apnea, it’s important to take your signs seriously and take these three simple steps.

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Sleep apnea treatment

Sleep apnea treatment options and an overview of what to expect from sleep apnea therapy from ResMed, the global leader in sleep medicine.

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Sleepvantage - our support community

Sleep apnea is more common than you might think. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you won’t need to walk the journey alone. Join the sleepvantage member support program today—it’s absolutely FREE!

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View your sleep apnea treatment data

It's important to make sure you’re receiving the proper sleep apnea treatment all night, every night. ResMed has two CPAP data trackers that sync up to its machines:

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It’s reassuring to know that if you’ve been diagnosed with a sleep or breathing condition, you’re certainly not alone. You’ll be encouraged to hear what these patients had to say about their treatment journeys—from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

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Barry's story

It was Barry’s wife Margaret who spurred him into action to seek treatment from his doctor for what turned out to be sleep apnea.

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Brian's story

Brian initially underwent exceptionally painful throat surgery to combat his sleep apnea — but it was not successful. He is now on positive airway pressure therapy, and uses an S9 device. Brian is a very energetic and dynamic personality with plenty of get up and go. As a successful businessman, he travels overseas regularly for work and leads a full and active life.

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Diana’s story

Diana didn’t fit the usual stereotype of a person with sleep apnea.

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Kevin’s story

After a serious car accident with his wife Sue in the vehicle, Kevin couldn't ignore his snoring and daytime sleepiness any longer.

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Matt’s story

Matt had felt tired for over a decade. His partner slept deeply and didn’t notice that he stopped breathing on average 34 times an hour.

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