Why You Need a Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

Why You Need a Solution for Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea is believed to affect up to 20% of people in some demographics. It is not uncommon for it to take years (even decades) before sleep apnoea sufferers get diagnosed and treated. So sadly there are a large number of people who are suffering the effects of sleep apnoea yet unaware they have it. This is common because people become used to the feeling of daytime sleepiness and morning headaches.

The sleep apnoea sufferer is normally unaware of the pauses in breathing. The partner however may notice the snoring noise stop, followed by a pause in breathing, and then a gasp or choking sound when breathing resumes. Sleep apnoea raises blood pressure, increases the heart rate, and robs the body of oxygen. The apnoeas lead to sleep deprivation for the sufferer.

People suffering from sleep apnoea have been known to die in their sleep from asphyxiation. Obstructive sleep apnoea increases the risk of having a vehicle accident due to daytime tiredness. There are sadly plenty of other effects of untreated sleep apnoea that are just as deadly. They include an increased risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Some specialists have surmised that left untreated sleep apnoea can reduce somebody's life expectancy by as much as 20 years. Recent research has shown that drivers with untreated sleep apnoea are 6 times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident. Furthermore these drivers are twice as likely to have a heart attack.

If not treated sleep apnoea can lead to serious health risks such as cadiovascular disease, raised blood pressure, loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, obesity, heart attack and diabetes.

If you have a standard driving licence for a car or motorcycle, you can continue driving when your condition is confirmed as being under control by a medical person. If you happen to have a driving licence for commercial vehicles like a heavy goods vehicle, you will need the same confirmation that the condition is under control, and ongoing treatment and regular licencing reviews.