If you are a snorer, or you have a partner that snores, you might just think that it's annoying and leave it at that.
You might not have realised it could be a symptom of sleep apnoea, a potentially dangerous condition where the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway. Breathing stops for a period of time (generally between a few seconds and up to one minute) until the brain registers a lack of breathing or a drop in oxygen levels and sends a small wake-up call. The sleeper rouses slightly, opens the upper airway, typically snorts and gasps, then drifts back to sleep almost immediately.
This goes on many times during the night and, because the brain is starved of oxygen, leaves the sufferer feeling tired all the time, even after a full nights sleep!
The consequences of this are increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. It even increases the likelihood of you having a car accident!
The good news is, diagnosis is now simple. In the past you would have to travel up to the Gold Coast and spend the night in a facility while they monitored your sleep. Mapp & Hession Pharmacy can now offer you this service in the comfort and privacy of your own home! This means you can find out if you have this serious condition with almost no interruption to your normal schedule. We have a fully qualified sleep apnoea expert with many years experience in this field, so we are able to advise if you would benefit from this service.
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