More than one third of New Zealanders don’t get enough sleep and 9% of people have a sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
OSA is a condition wherein the soft tissues of the throat relax so much while you are asleep that they prevent air reaching your lungs. People with this condition wake up very briefly without remembering, so they can breathe properly.
The result is a disrupted sleep that doesn't leave you feeling restored or refreshed, which in turn increases the risks of snoring, diabetes, heart disease, and day time fatigue.
We provide an Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Service for patients who have the condition; for people who are at risk of the condition; and for people who are waking up after a long sleep feeling like they haven't rested at all.
The service includes:
- Diagnosis of OSA with the use of a take-home monitoring device and input from a consultant sleep physician.
- Treatment of OSA with masks and machines that provide Continual Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to keep your airways open.
- Hire of masks and CPAP machines for short term use (especially useful when you are on holiday and you have left your own at home).