Sleep Apnoea service


Do you wake up feeling tired and struggle through the day?


Although there may be many reasons for poor sleep and tiredness, one that is often overlooked is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA is where a person’s upper airway collapses during their sleep, causing them to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more. This can happen multiple times a night, but each time it disrupts sleep. Read more about sleep apnoea here.

Could I be at risk?

If you experience:

Early morning headaches
Falling asleep during routine activities
Daytime drowsiness
Poor concentration
Loud, persistent snoring
Restless sleep
Waking with gasping
Others hear your breathing stop during the night
or frequent visits to the bathroom through the night, take the simple test to see if you should investigate further.

    Next steps

    If the results of your quiz advise, the next step is to come in and talk to our Sleep Apnoea consultants. 

    From there, you may be recommended to book an overnight sleep study to measure the number of sleep interruptions you experience each hour you sleep. The Alice Night 1 sleep kit measures your sleeping position, chest exertion, heart rate, oxygen saturation in the blood and air flow. The results from the study are then downloaded and assessed by a sleep physician to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnoea and its severity. 

    In mild cases of sleep apnoea, losing weight, decreasing alcohol and adjusting sleeping position can make positive changes. For more severe cases, more active treatment is required. You may be recommended trialling a mask that provides a flow of air through the nose and/or mouth to prevent the throat from collapsing. This is called nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and can help to restore your normal sleep pattern and increase total sleep time.

    The trial is for 4-weeks and you will be trained on how to use the machine and monitor it's effectiveness via the cloud. A mask is fitted for you and we monitor your progress. If the trial proves to be beneficial, you then have the option of purchasing a CPAP machine and mask for ongoing treatment. 



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