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    Could I have sleep apnea and what should I do?

    the other day I stayed at my mums place she mentioned that she heard me snoring she said normally when I have stayed over I sometimes snore softly like I have a head cold but she said this time it was louder than normal but she said I was sleeping on my back so this could count for it. so now I am wondering could I have sleep apnea and what are the symptoms? what are treatment options? how does one get tested? thank you
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  • The Sleep Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of ‘valuing sleep’ as part of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise, a … View Profile

    The Sleep Health Foundation has a number of information sheets on snoring and sleep apnoea on their website.  Look for the sheets under the heading ‘Snoring and Breathing in Sleep’.

  • Dr Nicholas Stow

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Stow completed his specialist training in NSW, then undertook 2 years of subspecialty training in Sinus and Nasal Surgery in Switzerland … View Profile

    It is difficult to diagnose sleep apnoea merely from the description of your sleep pattern given by a witness. Snoring is the hallmark symptom but most snorers will not have sleep apnoea. Apnoea is an abnormal event involving a prolonged pause in the normal breathing pattern. Patients with sleep apnoea have a disturbed night's sleep and may wake unrefreshed, feel tired during the day, have trouble concentrating or even feel a bit down. It's best to discuss your concerns with your GP and, if your GP thinks it's appropriate, a sleep study is the best way to diagnose sleep apnoea. This is a study which monitors various parameters while you are asleep.

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