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SNORING SLEEP APNEA: While most sleep disorders are treatable, only about a third of sufferers seek professional help, according to World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). Sleep disorders can cause other health problems.

July’sSleep Awareness Weekraises awareness of the common sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea and the benefits of treatment.

Thekey message is: don’t ignore the (gasping) snore.See your GP now.

Good sleep is important because poor sleep leads to poor alertness in the day, resulting in an estimated 10,000 serious workplace accidents and 25,000 serious crash injuries.

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Terry White ChemistsEyre Health and Mobility EquipmentSleep Health Foundationpartners with Sleep Disorders Australia, Australasian Sleep Association and research bodies to promote healthier sleep.

Last year the Foundationsurveyed 1,000 Australian adults.

Some of the findings were:

On average, adultsget sevenhoursand18 minutes of sleep per nightOlder adults drink the most caffeine and alcohol prior to bedtimeThe blue light of smartphones, tablets and computers suppress a sleep promoting hormone yet 45 per cent of people use an electronic device in bed before sleepingIn addition,30pcof people have a phone by the bed that’s not in silent mode during the nightWhile it’s normal to wake briefly during the night, 66pc of people experience disturbed sleep (From going to thetoilet, discomfort, noise and thoughts)Patients with obstructive sleep apnea have repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat during sleep.

A narrow floppy throat is also more likely to vibrate during sleep causing snoring.

Sleep Health Foundation chairProfDavid Hillman said if partial or complete obstructions occur, breathing is reduced or stops for a short time – from 10 seconds up to a minute or more – and blood oxygen levels fall.

These obstructions may happen hundreds of times leading to disrupted sleep.

Peoplemay snore, toss and turn and others may notice that they stop breathing during the night.

Grumpiness, tiredness and other mood changes are common in untreated obstructive sleep apnea.

Health problems can include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke or depression.

Sufferers are urged to lose weight and not to sleep on their back.

An oral appliance or CPAP isa machine that gently increases air pressure in the throat holding it open, thus preventing snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Surgery is a last resort.

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