Sleep Apnoea -

lung conditions


What is Sleep Apnoea?

An Apnoea where breathing stops or airflow decreases by 90% for longer than 10 seconds.

An Apnoea can be:

  • Obstructive: A complete blockage of the airway despite efforts to breathe

  • Central: No effort to breathe

  • Mixed: No effort in initial portion of apnoea

  • Hypopnea: Breathing flowdrops more than 505 of baseline for at least 10 seconds with a reduction in Oxygen levels.

The vast majority of sleep apnoea is obstructive. This is where more than 15 apnoeas or hyponoeas occur per hour throughout the night.

The presence of these symptoms indicate that you may be suffering from a Sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnoea:

  • Loud Snoring

  • Cessation of breathing during sleep, followed by an abrupt wakening

  • ExcessiveDaytime Sleepiness

  • Drowsy Driving

  • Irritability

  • Difficulty concentrating or performing repetative tasks.

  • Difficulty with staying awake while watching television or reading.

  • Impairment of short-term memory

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

  • Neck/Collar size of greater than 17 inches


Link to: Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust