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Do you think you could suffer from mild, moderate or severe sleep apnoea?


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Sleep apnoea occurs when a person regularly stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. It can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on the number of times an hour that they stop breathing (apnoea) or that airflow to your lungs is reduced (hypopnea). This is called the apnoea-hypopnea index (AHI).

Obstructive sleep apnoea is the most common type of sleep apnoea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, often causing you to snore loudly.

Central sleep apnoea is a much less common type of sleep apnoea that involves the central nervous system, occurring when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. People with central sleep apnoea seldom snore.

Complex sleep apnoea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnoea and central sleep apnoea.

Key stages include:

1. Mild apnoea 

Mild apnoea is defined as 5 to 14 episodes of apnoea or reduced airflow to the lungs every hour. Symptoms may include drowsiness or falling asleep during activities that do not require much attention, such as watching television or reading. These symptoms may cause only minor problems at work or while spending time with friends or family.

2. Moderate apnoea  

Moderate apnoea is defined as 15 to 29 episodes of apnoea or reduced airflow to the lungs every hour. Symptoms may include drowsiness or falling asleep during activities that require some attention, such as attending a concert or a meeting. These symptoms may cause moderate problems with work or social functioning.

3. Severe apnoea  

Severe apnoea is defined as 30 or more episodes of apnoea or reduced airflow to the lungs every hour. Symptoms may include drowsiness or falling asleep during activities that require active attention, such as eating, talking, driving, or walking. These symptoms may cause severe problems with work or social functioning.

If you think you may have a sleep-disorder or would like to change your sleep-disorder treatment, seek medical advice from a sleep physician.

5 thoughts on “Do you think you could suffer from mild, moderate or severe sleep apnoea?”

  1. I have been newly diagnosed with severe obstructive apnoea.
    I registered with you several weeks back but to date have not heard back.
    I am desperate to try your device as I am currently trialling a cpap machine which although successful it is very expensive and cumbersome. I have to make s decision to purchase in the next 2 weeks.

    1. Hi Judy, thank you for registering with us. We have been inundated with calls and we are trying to get back to everyone as soon as we can. We will try to contact you within the week.

  2. My husband’s snoring is getting worse by the day and we are now sleeping in separate rooms. He has recently had a sleep apnoea test done and he is all ok just a bad snorer which really took me by surprise. I saw this device on Current Affair – would this be suitable for someone like my husband. He doesn’t drink or smoke and slim build and also have tried different mouth guards but it didn’t work. Please help.

    1. Hi Apple

      Thank you for your enquiry. The best thing for you to do is register as an interested patient on our website (top right hand corner) and you will receive an email with a link to a medical questionnaire. I have also forwarded your note to our contact centre team and they will be in touch soon.

  3. Hi at present iam trialing respironics cpap machine this is my 3rd month my 3rd mask and i just cant seem to put up with it. As soon as i have an episode i wake up and the machine shoves all this air into me and i feel like im drowning in air its too.much then the air was going in my eyes and that was freaking me out. The masks were driving me crazy when i had to go to the toilet which happens a bit.they made me feel like i was suffocating. This lsst one goes up my nose but is dtill uncomfortable and im still very wary about the air going in my eyes , which i foind out was dangerous.im already experiencing a lot of changes in my eyes so i dont need anymore. After seeing your product on a current affair was was very intrigued and wanted to try it. Nut im only on Newstart and i have a few other health issues which are attributed to my sleep apnea.i would like to trial your product when it becomes availabe.
    Regards Cherylyn Campbell 0403717807

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