Most of us spend around a third of our life sleeping, so it may be no surprise that a sleep disorder can a have a significantly negative impact on a person's health and quality of life. For some people, it is simply a lack of sleep that is the problem (insomnia) or perhaps simply their snoring which is highly disruptive to their partner or to others. What many people are unaware of is that a sleep disorder can put a person at significantly greater risk of driving or work accidents as well as major impacts on their long term health. Even snoring can be associated with more significant problems with their breathing while asleep and can led to not only inadequate quality of sleep but also long term health implications. For most, they are unaware of any problem at night, yet experience significant symptoms as a result.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder. It is characterised by repetitive upper airway narrowing or total collapse and is often associated with snoring, decreases in blood oxygen levels and sleep disruption ('micro-arousals'). This 'choking' effect of the upper airway not only effects sleep quality in the short term, it can put unnecessary strain on your heart, brain and other organs which can in turn lead to long term health implications.
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