80% of people suffer from sleep apnoea without even knowing it!
Although it may even develop in early childhood, the risk of sleep apnoea increases with age. Nearly 1 in 2 men and 1 in 4 women over 40 are affected (1).
Sunrise sleep test helps diagnose sleep apnoea overnight from home.
What is sleep apnoea?
What happens when you have Sleep Apnoea?
Air stops flowing
Your lungs stop receiving air for 10 seconds or more, which means you’ve stopped breathing.
The brain sends a signal
Thanks to that, your body wakes up and restarts your breathing before allowing you to fall back asleep.
The cycle is repeated...
Once, 10 times, sometimes 100 of times a night! Most people with sleep apnoea are unaware how impaired their sleep is.
What are the symptoms?
What are the risks factors ?
What are the long-term consequences?
Sleep apnoea can lead to many health problems. Among people with untreated sleep apnea:
62% of people who have had a stroke.
Have you noticed a change in your performance at work and your intellectual performance? Sleep apnoea is the source of many cognitive problems and could explain a worrying decrease in performance.
Between 12 to 40% of people suffering from obesity.
92% of men with erectile dysfunction.
Depression and anxiety
18% of people with major depressive disorders.
- 83% of people who have some form of hypertension resistant to treatment.
- 76% of people who suffer from congestive heart failure.
- 59% of people with a pacemaker.
- 49% of people with atrial fibrillation.
36% of type II diabetics.
So, what are the treatments?
Treating sleep apnoea can radically improve your symptoms (insomnia, snoring) and quality of life, such as feeling well rested upon waking up, being productive at work, having more energy for favourite activities and improving social life.
Without any health risk, dental orthosis can be used to keep the lower jaw forward and facilitate the passage of air.
Positive pressure ventilation
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment. This is a mask worn at night, connected to a continuous positive airway pressure device to keep the airway open.
For those who are not accustomed to masks or for whom the beneficial effects are lower, surgery may be considered (nose, tonsils, adenoids or bariatric surgery).
Sleeping on your side also improves the syndrome by opening the airways more. Similarly, treating allergies reduces nasal congestion and the risk of apnea that they cause.
Weight loss, lifestyle and nutrition
Regular physical activity, weight loss, quitting smoking, avoiding sleeping pills and alcohol can drastically prevent sleep apnea
The myofunctional therapy consists in strengthening exercises to address muscle weakness within the tongue, mouth, and upper throat, especially when used in children.