Sleep Apnea

sleepQ+ sleep apneoaMaintaining a closed mouth during sleep can reduce the incidence of mild sleep apnoea simply because it keeps your tongue on the roof of your mouth. When your mouth opens your tongue drops from the roof of your mouth and shifts back towards your throat. This can obstruct the airway and cause you to gasp, snort, snore, wake up or have apneas (pauses in breathing, see more below). sleepQ+ is the only effective product especially designed to prevent the mouth involuntarily opening during sleep without applying force or manipulating the jaw.

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Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway. Breathing stops for a period of time (generally between a few seconds and up to one minute) until the brain registers the lack of breathing or a drop in oxygen levels and sends a small wake-up call. The sleeper rouses slightly, opens the upper airway, typically snorts and gasps, then drifts back to sleep almost immediately. In most cases, the person suffering from sleep apnoea doesn’t even realize they are waking up. This pattern can repeat itself hundreds of times every night, causing fragmented sleep. This leaves the person feeling unrefreshed in the morning, with excessive daytime sleepiness, poor daytime concentration and work performance, and fatigue. It’s estimated that about five per cent of Australians suffer from this sleep disorder, with around one in four men over the age of 30 years affected. The full name for this condition is obstructive sleep apnoea. Another form of breathing disturbance during sleep is called central sleep apnoea. It is caused by a disruption to the nerve messages sent between the brain and the body. The severity of sleep apnoea depends on how often the breathing is interrupted. As a guide: Normal – less than five interruptions an hour Mild sleep apnoea – between 5 and 15 interruptions an hour Moderate sleep apnoea – between 15 and 30 interruptions an hour Severe sleep apnoea – over 30 interruptions an hour. People with significant sleep apnoea have an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and high blood pressure, and may have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In the over 30 age group, the disorder is about three times more common in men than women. Some of the associated symptoms include:

  • Mouth breathing during sleep

  • Daytime sleepiness, fatigue and tiredness

  • Poor concentration

  • Irritability and mood changes

  • Impotence and reduced sex drive

  • Need to go to the toilet frequently at night

Causes of sleep apnoea:

  • Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnoea. A loss of around 5kg to 10kg may be enough to 
dramatically reduce the severity of the disorder. 

  • Breathing through the mouth during sleep

  • Alcohol, especially in the evening – this relaxes the throat muscles and hampers the brain’s reaction to sleep 
disordered breathing

  • Certain illnesses, like reduced thyroid production or the presence of a very large goitre

  • Large tonsils, especially in children

  • Medications, such as sleeping tablets and sedatives

  • Nasal congestion and obstruction

Treatment for sleep apnoea relies on changes to lifestyle, including losing weight and cutting down on alcohol. Any contributing medical condition, such as low production of thyroid hormone, also needs to be corrected. Conditions such as large tonsils should be surgically corrected. The most effective treatment available is a mask worn at night that keeps the back of the throat open by forcing air through the nose. This is called ‘continuous positive airway pressure’ (CPAP). However, some people with sleep apnoea find the mask difficult to tolerate. Another treatment is the use of a mouth guard or oral appliance (mandibular advancement splint). They work by holding the jaw forward during sleep. When properly made, they can be effective for mild to moderate sleep apnoea. However, these appliances can cause drooling and damage to teeth and jaw joints. Although not always effective, surgery to the palate and base of tongue may be useful when other therapies fail, undertaken by otolaryngologists (ENT surgeons) who take a special interest and have had training in sleep-related surgery. If you think you may have mild sleep apnoea and don't fancy masks, oral appliances or surgery it's worth checking with your health professional about trying sleepQ+. If she/he hasn't heard about our fantastic product ask them to visit sleepqplus.com and click on the link for clinicians.

None of the information provided on this site is intended or recommended as a substitute for professional medical advice. We recommend you consult a Medical Professional if you have any concerns regarding the suitability or use of our product having regard to any existing medical conditions you may have.

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