What is Sleep Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a sleep condition that is often discovered accidentally by a partner who notices that during sleep a person stops breathing.
Sleep apnoea is a condition where the walls of the throat relax during sleep and gradually cause the throat to become narrower and eventually to close. This is where the breathing stops.
The sufferer usually starts breathing again by breathing out further to clear the blockage and the process then repeats. The blocking of the airway is gradual over a period of time so the repeating cycle may be several minutes long.
The airway is cleared by coughing or some similar reflex and that in turn makes the person wake up. This leads to disturbed sleep patterns that have knock on effects as the person becomes more and more sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation causes sleepiness during the day and also leads to many issues including poor memory, bad moods and others.
This is a physical condition and one that needs the attention of your doctor. If you think you have sleep apnoea then please visit your doctor as soon as you can.
What Can Be Done for Sleep Aapnoea?
The usual treatment is to get the sufferer to wear a mask while sleeping. It covers the nose and mouth and is attached to controlled air supply. The system detects if the person stops breathing and uses the pump to rectify the situation.
Generally people who start using these devices start to sleep better in time because they are getting a continual oxygen supply.
As a hypnotherapist I thought for a long time that there was nothing I could do to help a person with sleep apnoea until I met a patient at a hospice where I volunteer hypnotherapy services.
He was a sleep apnoea sufferer and he was finding that he had trouble getting to sleep with the mask on, it was difficult to get comfortable and hard to relax connected to the machine. Although on the whole the condition had improved, the use of the mask was incredibly intrusive in to his sleep pattern.
So the area I can help with is getting to sleep. In the same way that I help people with insomnia I help people with sleep apnoea.
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