OSA, short for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, is a sleep disorder characterised by periods of paused breathing during sleeping. This is usually caused by the relaxation of muscles in your throat whilst you sleep. Other reasons could be a large tongue, obesity or weak muscles in the airway.
Roughly 10% of the world’s adult population is suffering from OSA, 90% haven’t been diagnosed*
OSA can cause both short and long term health risks including: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, higher risk of driving and work accidents.
OSA is formally diagnosed through using a test device overnight that monitors your breathing, and records how often you experience pauses in your breathing. If you are diagnosed with OSA then treatment and long term management is available to help you live a long, healthy life.