Category Archives: Sleep Apnoea

The Link between Sleep Apnoea and Insomnia

Sleep apnoea and insomnia are both classified as sleeping disorders.  The two conditions have been classified; that accepted sleep medicine view is that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and chronic insomnia are separate disorders.  However, there are now evidences that support the belief that these two sleeping disorders overlap.

A study about comorbid insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea indicated that 39% up to 58% of OSA patients are also suffering from insomnia. The study showed that 43% of elderly people diagnosed with chronic insomnia have undiagnosed OSA.

Wide Awake at 3:30 A.M.

Wide Awake at 3:30 A.M.

The question now is does a person have sleep apnoea because of insomnia or does a person have insomnia because of sleep apnoea?… Read More...

Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnoea: Do They Really Work?

The most common sleeping disorder is obstructive sleep apnoea. Millions of people across the globe are affected by the sleeping disorder but not everyone is receiving treatment. If left untreated or poorly treated, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) will negatively impact a person – physically, mentally and even emotionally.

In the last 25 years, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has been the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea.  However, not everyone prescribed with CPAP therapy can tolerate the treatment.

Alternative Sleep Apnoea Treatments

In past blog articles, CPAP Victoria has presented alternative treatment for CPAP therapy.  Alternative treatments for mild cases of OSA include positional therapy and lifestyle changes such as losing weight and regulating alcohol consumption.… Read More...

New Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

One of the core pillars of good health is sound sleep. When a person is in a state of continuous sleep deprivation, his health and quality of life decline.

How many are sleep deprived?

Studies indicate that in developing countries, about 150 million people are sleep deprived. In the United States alone, 1/3 of the population is not getting enough sleep. In Japan, the average sleeping hour is only 5 hours and 59 minutes.  According to research done by the Sleep Health Foundation 33%-45% of Australiana have poor sleep patterns that lead to irritability and fatigue that could lead to unsafe behavior, poor mental health and low productivity.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea and Atrial Fibrillation Connection

Recent studies have indicated a strong link between sleep apnoea and atrial fibrillation, a condition affects over 33 million people across the world. Though atrial fibrillation may be caused by hypertension, heart disease and brought about by age, more than half of AFib patients suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

People with obstructive sleep apnoea experience at least 10 seconds of restricted breathing during sleep due to blockage in their airway.  The condition can be mild or severe, depending on the number of times a person stops breathing each hour.

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is a condition that is characterized by an abnormal heart rhythm experienced by a person due to disordered electrical signal received by the heart.… Read More...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) are related breathing disorders . OSA is characterized by interrupted sleep due to obstruction in the airway of persons who are most likely obese and with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30.  Whereas patients with OHS are mostly obese and have sleep disordered breathing such as obstructive sleep apnoea.

What is Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome (OHS)?

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome is a form of breathing disorder in people who are obese. The condition leads to high carbon dioxide level and to low oxygen level in the blood. This condition occurs due to hypoventilation during the day, which basically means that not enough air is moving in and out of the lungs persons suffering from OHS. … Read More...

Sleep Disorder and Infertility: Linked

Sleep apnoea, or disrupted breathing during sleep, has been linked to infertility. Recent studies suggest that women with sleep disorders are three times more likely to be infertile than those who do not have sleeping difficulties. A parallel study indicates that women with insomnia were four times more likely to experience infertility that their counterparts with no trouble sleeping.

Sleep Deprivation and Fertility Hormones

Sleep deprivation is an overlooked reason for male and female infertility.  It is recommended that we get from 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day but according to a survey done by the National Sleep Foundation, more than 65% of population do not get enough sleep.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea and Brain Fog

We have presented the various side effects of sleep apnoea. Untreated sleep apnoea not only impacts a person’s daytime activities, but also his quality of life, and susceptibility to high risk medical conditions.  Morbidity is a consequence of sleep apnoea, and in extreme, to mortality.

Cognitive performance is also affected. There are studies that indicate that sleep apnoea leads to slow thinking, lower intelligence quotient, poor creativeness, and brain fog.

What is brain fog?

brain-fog

Brain fog or brain fatigue is a mental state wherein the person suffering from it exhibits poor memory recall, lack of focus and marked reduced mental acuity.… Read More...

CPAP Therapy: Is it really Beneficial?

The most efficient and effective treatment for sleep apnoea is CPAP therapy, and that is a fact.  However, CPAP therapy is not “cure” for sleep apnoea, and this fact is often highlighted when user continues to struggle with the use of a CPAP machine. More often than not, it is easy enough to “forget” and disregard the benefits of CPAP therapy when it usage is uncomfortable and even annoying.

Is CPAP therapy worth the trouble and initial inconvenience?

Important benefits of CPAP Therapy

There are sleep apnoea patients prescribed with CPAP therapy that can’t seem to cope with the machine.… Read More...

Running Nose and Sneezing When Using CPAP Machine

There are CPAP machine users who have to deal with running nose and sneezing problems while on CPAP therapy. Some experience running nose while undergoing actual therapy while there are those who have sinus and sneezing problems during the day. It is a Catch 22 kind of thing. These patients need the CPAP therapy and therefore have to bear with the misery of running nose and incessant sneezing during the day OR do away with the therapy, no runny nose and sneezing, but suffer the consequences of untreated obstructive sleep apnoea.

Why Does CPAP therapy cause running nose and sneezing?

When CPAP-processed air enters a person’s nasal cavity and throat, the air naturally dries, consequently making the temperature drop, thereby cooling the throat and nasal cavity.… Read More...

What is a BiPAP Machine?

Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure or BiPAP machine has very similar design and functions to a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. Unlike a CPAP machine, a BiPAP machine is a non-invasive therapy for individuals undergoing treatment for sleep apnoea. Both machines keep throat muscles from collapsing through the air pressure produced by the machines, acting as a splint to reduce obstructions. BiPAP and CPAP machines facilitate easy breathing and uninterrupted sleep for people with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Unlike a CPAP machine, a BiPAP machine provides both adjustable inspiratory and lower expiratory pressure. The inspiratory pressure facilitates easy breathing for the patient while the expiratory pressure makes patient exhalation easier.  … Read More...