Monthly Archives: January 2015

How CPAP Works

How CPAP worksThere are various reasons why a person suffers interrupted sleep, and obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA is one of the most disruptive. OSA is primarily caused by obstruction on the upper airway thus resulting in regular pauses in breathing as one sleeps. A person with OSA wakes up every time he stops breathing and these interruptions deprive him of a restful night’s sleep. OSA is manageable and one of the most effective ways to treat the problem is with a CPAP machine.

CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine

The purpose of a CPAP machine is to keep the airway of the patient open as he sleeps which in turn impedes breathing, allowing the patient and sleeping partner to get a restful sleep.… Read More...

Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a condition that is highly manageable. Common treatment and management for the sleeping disorder include changes in lifestyle and the use of a breathing apparatus during sleep.

Treatment of OSA depends on the severity of the sleep disordered-breathing so it is necessary to have the patient examined by a board certified specialist for evaluation. Below are brief descriptions of management and treatment options for people diagnosed with OSA.

Lifestyle Changes

snoringMild cases of OSA are manageable by changing one’s behaviour and lifestyle. Obesity is a major predictive aspect of OSA so losing weight reduces the risk of OSA.… Read More...

Health Conditions Associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (Co Morbidities)

A good night’s sleep may well be a luxury that people suffering from obstructive sleeping apnoea (OSA) cannot afford. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a sleep-related, breathing disorder which is demonstrated by recurring obstructions of the upper airway.

Co Morbidity Explained

Obstructive sleeping apnoea is not just “snoring” while sleeping. It is deemed as a serious condition as co morbidities of OSA are possible. Co morbidity refers to a medical condition that is simultaneously yet independently occurs with another medical condition. It can also be used to point out a related medical condition or conditions. Co morbidity may also refer to interactions between the illnesses that could affect the prognosis and course of the diseases.… Read More...

About Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: What is OSA?

OSAObstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a potentially dangerous sleeping disorder as episodes of apnoea reduce oxygen’s flow to the body’s vital organs and trigger irregular heart beat during sleep.

Apnoea means “cessation of breath” so it is correct to say that a person suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea stops and starts breathing numerous times during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is marked by the occurrence of repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of a person’s upper airway while sleeping.

Apnoea and Hypopnoea

The two classifications of breathing cessation attributed to OSA are apnoea and hypopnoea. In an episode of apnoea, the soft tissues and muscles of the throat collapse causing blockage of the airway for at least 10 seconds.… Read More...