So you think you have a sleep disorder?

It is estimated that more than 1.2 million Australians experience sleep disorders – If you have difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or wake up feeling like you need more sleep, then you are certainly not alone! If you are waking frequently during the night due to an abrupt, sharp dig in the ribs, that may be your partner letting you know that your snoring is keeping them from a restful sleep!  Although snoring itself is unlikely to impact your health, it may result in fragmented sleep. Snoring may also be a sign that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), a collapse of the upper airway during sleep causing a cessation of breathing for up to one minute. OSA is associated with serious health risks and should be correctly diagnosed and treated.

To assess whether you may have OSA, click here and complete our online questionnaire. If you answer “yes” to three or more questions, you should get in touch with your GP.

OSA may be the most common sleep disorder but there are many other reasons why people are not able to get a sound, refreshing sleep. You spend one third of your entire life sleeping, so make sure it is not wasted!

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