Are You at Risk?

Do I have sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea often remains undiagnosed but it is thought to be as widespread as asthma and diabetes. If you regularly snore loudly and are excessively sleepy during the day, then you should seek medical advice.

If you answer YES to two or more of the following questions, then you are at risk of sleep apnoea and you should seek medical advice.

      • Do you snore?
      • Are you excessively sleepy during the day?
      • Are you overweight?
      • Do you wake feeling unrefreshed?
      • Have you been told that you stop breathing in your sleep?
      • Do you have a history of high blood pressure?
      • Is your neck size more than 17” (male) or more than 16” (female)?

How do I know if I’m excessively sleepy?

The Epworth Sleepiness Score is a simple test you can take to help gauge whether or not you are excessively sleepy during the day.Click here to take the ESS sleep test now.

Print out and complete the test here so you can take it to discuss with your doctor.

 

Do You Snore? brochure

All this information is nicely summarised in the Do You Snore? brochure.Click here to download the brochure or click here to request a copy be posted to you.



Simple Home Screening Test

If you are not sure about your symptoms and would like to have a simple home screening test before you chat to your doctor, we can help. We can send you a small, portable device that will measure your breathing and oxygen level overnight. It is a well validated screening tool that will indicate whether your breathing during sleep is normal or whether you have sleep disordered breathing requiring further investigation. Click here for more information.

 

What will my GP do?

Your GP may refer you to a specialist sleep consultant or sleep centre, like our Centre for Healthy Sleep, for a diagnostic sleep study. This may involve an overnight stay or you may be sent home with a small device which will monitor your sleep in your own home.

Diagnostic sleep studies are simple, non-invasive tests. As you sleep, your breathing and oxygen levels are monitored, along with other signals like heart rate, sleeping position and movement effort to breathe and possibly many more. When diagnosing sleep apnoea, the sleep specialist will review your diagnostic sleep study and the symptoms you report.

If you do have sleep apnoea, your doctor will help you select the most appropriate treatment for you. The good news is that treatment can dramatically improve the quality of your life, sometimes as quickly as overnight.