Update On Sleep Medicine
Snoring and sleepiness are common symptoms presenting to general practice. In Australia, 6% of patients reported visiting a doctor for a problem of sleep apnoea or snoring. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders. Population studies using sleep recordings show that OSA affects about 25% of adult males and 10% of adult females
Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway. Breathing stops for a period of time (generally between ten seconds and up to one minute) until the brain registers the 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.
Sleep apnoea is bad for your health. Apart from making you tired, there is good evidence that people with untreated moderate to severe sleep apnoea have other health problems. They are more likely to have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease than someone without it.
- Differentiate between the risk factors for sleep apnea
- Differentiate between the strategies for identifying patients requiring assessment
- Describe the consequences of untreated sleep apnea.
- Identify current comprehensive management strategies for patients with sleep apnoea
- Presenter(s):Ryan Hoy
- Duration:59.55 min
- Activity ID:144745
- QI&CPD Points:2