Sleep apnoea is a serious condition that can affect your quality of sleep and your overall health.
If you have sleep apnoea, your airway temporarily closes as you sleep. This causes you to stop breathing for more than 10 seconds at a time, before your brain wakes you to breathe again. This can happen hundreds of times a night in severe cases. In some cases the airway may not fully close but can be severely restricted. If this occurs frequently you may still experience limited airflow and reduced oxygen entering your blood stream.
Sleep apnoea is a medical condition. So, strictly speaking you do not ‘have’ sleep apnoea until you get a medical diagnosis. You may experience the symptoms of sleep apnoea without them being sufficient to support a medical diagnosis. However, you may still benefit from using an oral appliance like the Snoreeze Oral Device or other treatment. In all cases, if you are concerned that you may have sleep apnoea it is a good idea to discuss this with your doctor.