About 12% of chronic snorers have a potentially serious medical disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea.

Many obstructive sleep apnoea sufferers are not aware they have a problem. It affects 4% of the adult population. Sleep apnoea leads to excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration and poor memory. Over time, it may cause serious damage to the heart and brain. 

During sleep all of your muscles relax, including those surrounding the airway. In simple snoring, the narrowed airway vibrates but does not block off. Obstructive sleep apnoea is caused by the tongue and other soft tissues in the back of the throat falling backwards and blocking the airway.

Some people are particularly at risk of this, because the airway is narrow from obesity or the lower jaw is relatively small. It is made worse by alcohol or sedatives that cause extra muscle relaxation.

Obstructive sleep apnea can appear at all ages, most frequently in men between the ages of 30 to 60 and in women after the menopause.

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While sleep is a natural part of our existence, it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you have trouble sleeping – whether you struggle to fall asleep or are perennially tired – SleepCare’s specialist sleep study centre may be able to uncover the root cause of your issues.
When you visit our sleep clinic, you will experience a study run by doctors who are specialists in sleeping disorders. As active members of the Australia Sleep Association, SleepCare is a specialist clinic focused on helping patients obtain a better night’s rest.
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We are the sleep apnoea specialists
More than a snoring problem, sleep apnoea is a potentially serious condition where the airways become blocked while sleeping. If you believe that you may be suffering from this condition, it’s important to seek medical advice. As a specialist clinic, SleepCare will perform a polysomnogram (psg) – that is, a test used to diagnose sleeping disorders – in order to confirm the root cause of your problems.
Treatment may involve a combination of lifestyle changes (e.g. weight loss), use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or a special mouth guard which holds the jaw forward.
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If you suffer from obstructed airways, restless legs, insomnia or simply have trouble falling asleep at night, SleepCare invites you to undertake testing at our specialist sleep study centre in Brisbane.
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