Snoring/Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

OSA is very prevalent in the Australian community, with estimates of up to 25% of men, and 10% of women being affected. Snoring is very commonly one of the main symptoms, but not everyone who snores has OSA. OSA occurs when parts of the upper airway collapse, interrupting the flow of air into the lungs.

Common symptoms or signs of OSA can include:

  • loud snoring
  • Witnessed pauses in the breathing
  • Awakening with gasping or choking episodes
  • Frequent urination overnight
  • Waking up un-refreshed
  • Waking with headaches
  • Reduced daytime energy or daytime sleepiness

In addition to affecting daytime function and quality of sleep, OSA can significantly impact on other health problems, and also reduce life expectancy. Given these concerns, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are very important.

Possible treatment options for snoring and/or OSA can include:

  • Weight loss
  • Alcohol reduction
  • Smoking cessation
  • Dental appliances
  • Positive pressure therapy (CPAP)
  • Surgery (in select cases)
  • Avoidance of supine sleep