The good news

 The good news

Because of the many associated health risks, it's important to take sleep apnoea seriously.

But the good news is there is a treatment for it, and most people experience a whole range of benefits from being treated:

  • In many cases, treatment has been shown to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnoea, such as daytime sleepiness, depressed mood, anxious thoughts, reduced memory and concentration, and reduced quality of life (especially in the areas of work performance and marital/family relationships).
  • By treating your sleep apnoea, you may help to lower the associated risks and improve your overall health.1
  • Untreated sleep apnoea is also associated with symptoms including palpitations, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath and chest discomfort, which may be reduced when your sleep apnoea is treated.2-3-4
  • People with sleep apnoea can become too tired to exercise, making some of their underlying conditions worse. Obese people being treated for their sleep apnoea gain more energy, which may then help them exercise and lose weight.5 And weight loss has been shown to improve sleep apnoea for some people.6
  • Treating your sleep apnoea when you are recovering from a major illness may combat your fatigue, so you have the motivation to follow a rehabilitation program.7

If you suspect you might have sleep apnoea, you're only a few steps away from a better night's sleep and feeling like yourself again!

Take our simple quiz to see if you might be at risk.

References

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    Babu et al. Type 2 diabetes, glycemic control, and continuous positive airway pressure in obstructive sleep apnea. Arch Intern Med 2005; 165: 447-452.

  • 02

    Wolk et al. Sleep-disordered breathing and cardiovascular disease. Circulation 2003; 108: 9-12.

  • 03

    Buchner et al. Continuous positive airway pressure treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea reduces cardiovascular risk. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2007; 176(12): 1274-1280.

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    Marin JM, Carrizo SL, Vicente E, Agusti AG. Long-term cardiovascular outcomes in men with obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea with or without treatment with continuous positive airway pressure: an observational study. Lancet. 2005 Mar 19-25;365(9464°/1046-53

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    Lianne M. Tomfohr, MS, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, Jose S. Loredo, MD, and Joel E. Dimsdale, MD. Effects of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure on Fatigue and Sleepiness in Patients with Obstructive SleepApnea: Data from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Sleep. 2011 January 1;Supported by grants HL44915 (JED), AG08415 (SAI),and RR 00827 (University of California San Diego General Clinical Research Center grant). 34(1): 121-126.

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    Romero-Corral A, Caples SM, Lopez-Jimenez F, Somers VK. Interactions between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea: implications for treatment. Chest. 2010 Mar; At the time of the writing of this manuscript, Dr Romero-Corral was supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. Dr Caples is supported by NIH grant HL99534. Dr Lopez-Jimenez is a recipient of a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the American Heart Association. Dr Somers is supported by NIH grants HL-65176, HL-73211, and 1UL1 RR024150, and by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. 137(3):711-9.

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    Engleman HM, Douglas NJ. Sleep. 4: Sleepiness, cognitive function, and quality of life in obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome. Thorax. 2004 Jul; 59(7):618-22.

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