Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

What is obstructive sleep apnoea?

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder that affects a patient’s breathing while they sleep. The upper airways become partially or completely blocked repetitively for short periods during the night, thus reducing the oxygen flow body’s organs. This leads to unrestful sleep and puts excessive strain on the body.

 

What are the symptoms?

Some common symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, a sore throat after sleeping, headaches and snoring.

 

How can it be treated?

Treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea can be very difficult as there is often more than one cause for the problem. Especially in children, enlarged tonsils or enlarged adenoids can be the cause of obstruction. If this is the case, your ear, nose and throat specialist may recommend that they be removed surgically. Alternatively medical devices or breathing apparatus may be recommended.