What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea? (OSA)
OSA is an anatomical constriction of the airways that results in sleep disturbance through multiple ‘wakeful’ episodes during the night. The airway is cut off due to the lower jaw relaxing backwards allowing the tongue and soft tissues to close over the windpipe.
The body recognises this lack of oxygen and sends a jolt of adrenaline and other hormones through the body to wake you up! This places a massive strain on the heart and other body systems and can lead to several negative long term health effects.
The signs and symptoms are commonly, but not exclusively: