What is sleep apnoea
Sleep Apnoea means a snoring and disrupted breathing lowering your sleep quality. This forces you to feel unrefreshed and thus sleep during day time. Your quality of life drops quickly.
In the over-30 year age group, the disorder is about 3 times more common.
Sleep apnea is completely manageable if we address the causes effectively. You may become symptom-free often in 1-6 weeks. We can help you advises and support in your recovery. Just fill in the email widget below. We will call you in 24 hours.
Conventional care has hospitalisation, sleeping with a machine attached to your mouth that is strapped around your face, problem-ridden chemical drugs and ineffective surgery to offer.
Holistic care is person and result oriented, fast and easy to use, safe and powerful, economic and non-invasive, with no side effects what-so-ever. We restore your health and wellbeing.
80% of our recent clients who followed the program meticulously started sleeping normally within 1-6 weeks! We assess every aspect of your health. We have a fantastic monitoring and support system.
1. Do you snore loudly?
2. Do you snore every night?
3. Have you ever been told that you hold your breath during sleep (stop breathing for at least ten seconds?)
4. Have you woken short of breath during sleep?
5. Are you restless during sleep?
6. Do you wake tired?
7. Are you drowsy in the afternoon?
8. Do you fall asleep easily during the day?
9. Do you feel tired after lunchtime?
10. Have you fallen asleep during driving?
11. Have you arrived home without memory of the trip?
12. Has your partner or spouse moved to another bedroom?
13. Are you depressed?
14. Are you irritable on waking in the morning?
15. Do you have high blood pressure?
16. Do you have trouble breathing through the nose?
17. Do you suffer from allergy or hayfever?
18. Do you suffer (or have you suffered) from indigestion, heartburn or gastric ulcers?
19. Do you smoke?
20. Do you perform regular physical exercise?
Are you at risk?
If you say YES to 3 or more, you need us and we may help you fix it without any invasive and ongoing treatments!
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Introduction to sleep apnoea
Patients with OSA experience repetitive episodes of partial or complete blockage (occlusion) of the upper-airway during sleep. This is caused by abnormal relaxation of the pharyngeal muscles during sleep. OSA sufferers usually snore, and may wake up gasping or choking. However, many people with OSA are unaware of any disturbance of their sleep. OSA is a common cause of excessive daytime tiredness, fatigue and poor concentration.
Obstructive sleep apnoea has detrimental effects on sleep-quality and health, and increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, type-2 diabetes, depression, impotence, mood disorders, and motor vehicle and industrial accidents. If you suspect that you have OSA or you have symptoms of OSA, you should see your General Practitioner. You may then be referred for a sleep-study so that you can be investigated for OSA and other sleep-disorders, so that suitable treatment can be implemented if necessary.
Type of Sleep apnoea
Obstructive sleep apnoea and Central sleep apnoea (CSA) can be lethal. CSA is caused by a disruption to the nerve messages sent between the brain and the body. The severity of sleep apnoea depends on how often the breathing is interrupted. As a guide:
Normal – less than five interruptions an hour
Mild sleep apnoea – between 5 and 15 interruptions an hour
Moderate sleep apnoea – between 15 and 30 interruptions an hour
Severe sleep apnoea – over 30 interruptions an hour.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) (or apnoea) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by obstruction of the upper airway. It is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. These pauses in breathing, called "apneas" (literally, "without breath"), typically last 20 to 40 seconds.
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) involves repeated episodes of airway obstruction during sleep, due to relaxation of the tongue and airway-muscles. OSA is commonly associated with snoring
Common symptoms of OSA are snoring, waking unrefreshed, daytime tiredness, and waking during the night choking or gasping for air. However, many patients are unaware that they have the condition, or do not realise that it is severe
Patients with OSA have about a 7-fold higher risk of death and heart disease, regardless of the severity of the disease, age or history of heart problems. This risk is eliminated by correct treatment
Risk factors for having OSA include having a narrow airway or a large tongue, obesity and consuming alcohol at night (especially if the amount is large)
OSA treatment depends on the individual and the severity of the condition. For moderate and severe OSA, the best treatment is usually CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. For milder forms of the condition, more conservative treatment interventions may be appropriate
OSA is diagnosed by having a full, overnight diagnostic sleep study (click here to read more about sleep-studies). This allows a Specialist in Sleep Medicine to recommend the most appropriate treatment.
Some of the known risk factors for obstructive sleep apnoea include:
• Obesity (especially obesity around the abdomen and neck) – but remember,
OSA can also occur in people who are not overweight or obese
• Large neck circumference (>43cm for men and >40cm for women)
• Age over 65 years (although OSA affects individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents)
• Family history of OSA or sleep-disordered breathing
• Certain facial abnormalities, including a high, narrow, elongated, soft palate, a small chin,
an abnormal bite and a small jaw
• Cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
• Medications, especially sedatives at night.
Causes of sleep apnoea
Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnoea. A loss of around 5kg to 10kg may be enough to dramatically reduce the severity of the disorder. Other contributing factors include:
1) Alcohol, esp. in the evening, relaxes the throat muscles and hampers the brain’s reaction to sleep disordered breathing
2) Certain illnesses, like reduced thyroid production or the presence of a very large goitre
3) Large tonsils, especially in children
4) Medications, such as sleeping tablets and sedatives
5) Nasal congestion and obstruction
6) Facial bone shape and the size of muscles, such as an undershot jaw.
7) Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the airway above the voice box.
8) Around one in four men over the age of 30 years have some degree of sleep apnoea, which makes it more common than asthma.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Some common symptoms are the following.
• Loud repetitive snoring
• Witnessed apnoeas – stopping breathing during sleep
• Choking or gasping during sleep
• Recurrent awakenings overnight
• Restless sleep, Insomnia, Unrefreshing sleep
• Reduced motivation
• Reduced energy and mental clarity
• Irritability / Personality changes
• Waking with a headache
• Excessive daytime sleepiness / fatigue
• Impaired concentration
• Impotence, Sexual dysfunctions, Infertility, subfertility
• Alterations in vigilance, alertness and memory
• Disturbances in general intellectual function
• Reduced exercise tolerance
It is generally thought however that around 9% of women and 25% of men in Australia have clinically significant OSA and that 4% of men and women have symptomatic OSA. The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnoea in Australia is probably increasing due to the 'obesity epidemic'. Despite this, a large proportion of Australians with OSA remain undiagnosed and untreated.
OSA is more common in males than females, and becomes more common with age. Research studies show that mortality rate (death rate) increases according to the severity of sleep apnoea - even mild OSA results in a 2.5 increase in mortality rate. Treating OSA correctly eliminates this risk. OSA is a known cause of sudden death at night time.
The financial burden of OSA (including healthcare costs, lost productivity, road accidents and work-related accidents) in Australia is in the range $2-8 billion per year. Patients with sleep apnoea are 4 to 9 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
How is OSA affecting your health
The continuous cycle of breathing cessation and arousal from sleep that occurs in patients with OSA results in poor sleep-quality, excessive daytime tiredness, and contributes to a large number of other health problems, including:
Obesity - excessive daytime tiredness and metabolic changes that occur in patients with sleep apnoea make it particularly difficult to lose weight, sometimes as a result of secondary tiredness, poor motivation and depression
Cardiovascular disease - through a variety of complex mechanisms, OSA may contribute to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, cardiac rhythm disturbances (especially intermittent atrial fibrillation), and night-time angina attacks. These risks can be significantly improved by successful treatment of OSA
Diabetes and insulin resistance - patients with diabetes and OSA can frequently improve their diabetic control if their OSA is correctly treated. Many patients with OSA (even those without diabetes) have impaired glucose tolerance and increased glucose levels (click here for additional information from International Diabetes Federation)
Insomnia - patients with OSA experience recurrent awakenings, which can contribute significantly to insomnia (difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep)
Cognitive function and quality of life – prolonged periods of poor sleep and sleep-deprivation in OSA sufferers can lead to depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, impaired memory and concentration, mood and behavioural changes. OSA sufferers who are excessively sleepy during the day are also at high risk of motor vehicle accidents. Daytime tiredness can also affect study, work performance and personal relationships
Among males, penile erectile dysfunction may occur in untreated OSA. Reduced sexual drive also occurs in both men and women with this condition.
Chemical and surgery
Unfortunately surgery and chemical medications have proved ineffective.
Treatments are limited to devices such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment, Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure, or EPAP), Nightshift (a device that is used to reduce the amount of time the wearer spends sleeping on their back - where most patients are more susceptible to snoring), Provent therapy, Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) etc.
A 6,000 years old holistic medical system, Ayurveda recognises the following factors as the process of sleep apnoea.
1) Medovaha dushti - inefficient adipose tissues.
2) Kapha kopam - inefficient fluids, increased dampness etc.
3) Vata kopam - circulatory blockages.
4) Ksheena-Agni - metabolic insufficiencies.
5) Srotodushti - A major types vascular congestions
6) Kalaavaigunyam - looseness of membranes
With over 25 years of international holistic clinical and training experience Dr Prasad has designed this program with care and precision. He addresses all necessary aspects of your health, not just your sleep apnoea symptoms. Dr Prasad's approach is to boost the clients' vitality and fitness in a shorter period of time using all available, effective methodology while keeping the program personalised and affordable. He is soon training a selected number of holistic health practitioners in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to help the Sleep Apnoea sufferers.
Sleep Apnoea has a digestive and metabolic origin like most other health conditions. We found that everyone with Sleep Apnoea had a lousy digestive system to start with. This slugged the metabolism resulting in a number of health conditions.
Our holistic approach works!
• Address you in total.
• Raises nutrient load in your blood.
• Optimises you digestion and metabolism.
• Elevates your immunity.
• Helps reverse age.
• Boost tissue tone to keep airways fully functions.
All the above are effective to some level. These equipments are cumbersome and usually very expensive. They need to be updated frequently.
The worst of all, they don't address the actual cause or process - why you can't breathe properly at night - of the disease. Hence while the symptoms might be bit less, the disease might be still progressing.
The result with the above approach is inspiring. All with no exception, improved their mood, energy and wellbeing. Patients also reported remarkable improvement in weight, health conditions such as diabetes 2, cholesterol, arthritis, dermatitis and gout as well. In most cases their other conditions fully subsided.
Usually in 80% cases, holistic approach gives results in 1-6 weeks. Our holist approach focusses you, not just your health conditions.