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Sleep Apnoea

An estimated 1.5 million Australians have sleep disorders, with about half of these having obstructive sleep apnoea.*

Breathing while we sleep is important - nobody should find this fact surprising. What is surprising, is that a large number of people have a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, and may not know about it. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a condition wherein the soft tissues of the throat relax so much while you are asleep that they prevent air reaching your lungs. People with this condition wake up very briefly without remembering, so they can breathe properly. The result is a disrupted sleep that doesn't leave you feeling restored or refreshed, which in turn increases the risks of snoring, diabetes, heart disease, and day time fatigue.

Capital Chemists provide an Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Service for patients who have the condition; for people who are at risk of the condition; and for people who are waking up after a long sleep feeling like they haven't rested at all. The service includes:

  • Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea with the use of a take-home monitoring device and input from a consultant sleep physician.
  • Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea with masks and machines that provide Continual Positive Airway Pressure to keep your airways open.
  • Hire of masks and Continual Positive Airway Pressure machines for short term use (especially useful when you are on holiday and you have left your own at home).

Learn more about obstructive sleep apnoea

*Sleep Health Foundation 2010


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