Looking to learn more about sleep apnea? Maybe you believe you or your partner may suffer from this frustrating disorder? You’ve come to the right place! Our team of professionals are here to talk you through what sleep apnea is, what to look for and how to treat it.
The disorder sleep apnea, where breathing is interrupted while sleeping, is a common but serious sleep disorder. A sleep apnea sufferer is unaware of the hundreds of short breathing pauses he or she experiences every night, rocking him or her out of their sleep rhythm. A disorder like this interferes with the productivity of sufferers' everyday life and causes a number of other issues that they might not be aware of that is the cause of sleep apnea. The condition known as sleep apnea (Sleep apnoea) is characterized by shallow breathing and sometimes even temporary breathing pauses during sleep. There can be up to 30 such pauses occurring within an hour and can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. A loud snort or choking sound occurs after one of these pauses.
The most common symptoms associated with Sleep Apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Mood changes, such as depression or irritability
- High blood pressure
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is not curable but it is treatable. CPAP machines and CPAP masks are used to help manage and maintain your breathing during your sleep, increase your sleep health and provide sufferers with an overall better sleep experience. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, this means the oxygen passed through the airways of sleep apnea patients are altered and managed through positive airway pressure that is continuous throughout their sleep.
A CPAP machine is a device that helps your airways get the right amount of oxygen at night through monitoring your breathing patterns and adjusting the oxygen flow from the machine, through a tube into a mask that is securely placed on a sleep apnea sufferer's face. The machine automatically adjusts the airway flow, meaning the patient just needs to put it on and go to sleep as usual, waking up feeling more relaxed and ready for the day as their sleep was protected throughout the night through the CPAP machine.
A CPAP mask sits over your nose and or mouth during your sleep time and helps pass through oxygen into your airways. The masks are connected to a tube that is connected to a CPAP machine that helps monitor a patient's breathing patterns. There are many different types and sizes of masks you can get off the market, this is because everyone's face is different therefore it is important to buy one that fits perfectly and feels comfortable to sleep in. If the mask is the wrong fit, the oxygen may leak and not provide the optimal amount of oxygen being released into your airways therefore impacting your sleep.
In addition to offering high performance products that will benefit all Australians, Wake Up Well has a commitment to providing the best sleep possible. Our products are of high quality from leading brands, because we are Australia's most trusted source for machines, masks, and accessories online.
Our expertise in everything CPAP (machines, masks, and accessories) is something we take great pride in. Our friendly team will be glad to answer any questions you may have about our products or which CPAP machine will be the best fit for you. You can call (08) 8269 7789 if you would like to learn more. Our store is open from Monday to Friday 9-5pm at 1/49 Main North Road, Medindie Gardens, 5081, SA.