- 29 Jun
Sleep disorders are a large and under-recognised problem in Australia. Although many people realise the importance of getting enough sleep, they may be unaware that sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can be a contributing factor to serious health problems including cardiac disease. Whilst OSA is being increasingly identified, it is thought that over 70% of individuals with the condition remain undiagnosed.
Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea include (but are not limited to):
Waking up feeling un-refreshed
Excessive daytime tiredness
Problems initiating/staying asleep
High blood pressure
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Risks of Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
Sleep disorders impose a huge burden on patients. There is a significant impact upon quality of life and an increased risk of life-threatening health complications.
Recent research published in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology1 highlighted that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a modifiable cardiovascular risk factor associated with:
Increased risk of stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and coronary heart disease
Increased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality
If OSA is left untreated, patients also have at a higher risk of:
High blood pressure
Motor vehicle accidents
Anxiety and depression
Decreased sex drive
Type 2 diabetes
Obstructive sleep apnoea and other sleep disorders can be diagnosed with comprehensive and objective sleep testing, available from Genesis SleepCare. Experienced Sleep Specialists are able to recommend and implement treatment options while providing comprehensive follow-up and support.
See our list of locations here or contact us on 1800 155 225 for further information.
1. Javaheri, S, Barbe, F, Campos-Rodriguez, F, Dempsey, JA, Khayat, R, Javaheri, S, et al 2017, 'Sleep Apnea: Types, Mechanisms, and Clinical Cardiovascular Consequences', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 69, no. 7, pp. 841-858.