Sleep apnoea is a condition where the muscles in the throat and airways relax, interrupting your normal breathing. When this occurs the brain does not receive enough oxygen and will wake up the sleeper with a start. The feeling of being jolted awake is often accompanied by a loud gasp or grunt.
The NHS categorises sleep apnoea into two types of breathing interruptions-
- apnoea – a total blockage of the airway for 10 seconds or more
- hypopnoea – a partial blockage of the airway that results in an airflow reduction of greater than 50% for 10 seconds or more
Those that suffer with either type of apnoea may experience waking moments several times a night. They may never complete the deep sleep phase of the sleep cycle, and so wake in the morning feeling tired. Apnoea also affects bed partners as the sufferer will snore heavily, disturbing those around them.
Long term effects of sleep apnoea are an increase in the risk of heart related conditions including hypertension (increased blood pressure), heart disease, as well as strokes and diabetes. When the brain does not receive enough oxygen heart rate increases, causing the heart extra stress.
Chronic sleep deprivation, due to not completing a deep sleep cycle, is also a concern for both the sleep apnoea sufferer as well as those around them, due to the disruptive nature of loud snoring. If you, or someone in your household are suffering from periods of waking throughout the night due to snoring or sleep apnoea, seek medical advice.
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