Snoring And Apnoea Blog

A Hidden Epidemic. And YOU Know Someone Who's Affected.

Posted on Wed, Nov 07, 2012

We are all living through what medical literature refers to as 'a hidden epidemic'.  This epidemic affects both genders, all ages, and all body shapes, from lean to obese.  One in every three adults suffer from a significant form of this condition -- yet most people blithely ignore the condition, thinking it's normal.

The condition in question is 'sleep disordered breathing' (SDB).  This term covers a wide range of ailments, from simple snoring through to severe obstructive sleep apnoea, where the sufferer literally stops breathing while asleep. 

All forms of the condition are harmful, to varying degrees.  Even simple snoring, which everyone tends to joke and tease about, is actually a loud, clear signal that the airflow is impaired.  This is NEVER a good thing. 

Countless studies have found clear links between sleep disordered breathing and a wide range of negative consequences and co-morbidities, including hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic retardation and conseqenent weight gain / obesity, acid reflux, loss of libido, impotence, waking tiredness, daytime sleepiness, and reduced cognitive ability. 

Excellent treatments are available, and diagnostic sleep studies no longer need to be performed in hospital or sleep lab environments.  (These studies monitor the patient's breathing patterns and stoppages, brain activity, cardiac activity, sleeping position, blood oxygen levels, limb movements ... and much more, all while the patient sleeps.  Portable diagnostic equipment means the sleep study can now be performed in the comfort, privacy and convenience of the patient's own bedroom.

If you snore or suffer from the side effects listed above, or if you know someone who does, then take action.  Snoring might be common, but it is NOT normal and is probably a sign of a more serious underlying condition. 

Call us on 1300 246 637 for more information or to chat with a friendly sleep therapist.

Tags: snoring, sleep disordered breathing, hidden epidemic, apnoea

Diabetes Epidemic Is 'Over Rated'

Posted on Mon, Feb 28, 2011

We are constantly being told about the ‘diabetes epidemic’ and how diabetes is the single most serious health problem for the developed world.  As a result, huge public and private investments are being made in prevention, treatment and hopefully cure.

But here’s a question:  How come the same investments aren’t being made in dealing with sleep disordered breathing? 

After all, diabetes affects only around 2.8% of the population … whereas sleep apnoea is estimated to affect almost 8% of the population, and around 30% of the adult population have some form of serious sleep disordered breathing condition.  Given that sleep disordered breathing is a proven CAUSE of type 2 diabetes, you’d think SDB would get serious attention as a possible part of the solution.

At the very least, treatment of sleep disordered breathing can help in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, so it should at least get equal attention.

It could even be argued that SDB should get more attention than diabetes because of the clear links between SDB and other serious consequences and co-morbidities, including hypertension, gastro oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, loss of libido and impotence.  Factor in the further issues of quality of life and safety and SDB truly is a major health issue. 

What do YOU think?

Tags: sleep disordered breathing, SDB, apnoea, type 2 diabetes, diabetes