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What is Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea, or Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), happens when a person's throat is partly or completely blocked while they are asleep. Normally the muscles that control the upper airway relax during sleep. If they relax too much, the upper airway becomes narrow and people begin to snore. If the airway becomes to narrow, this may cause breathing difficulties. Sometimes the airway becomes completely blocked and the person stops breathing, this can last for 10 secs or more. 

This is Sleep Apnoea. And the person affected is often unaware of it happening!

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"Did you know that nearly 3 million Australians have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), yet 80% are undiagnosed".

Are you at risk?

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Watch the following 3 part short videos with staff member Janelle

to find out more about Sleep Apnoea Testing


Waking up Feeling Tired?

When your body senses that you've stopped breathing, a control centre in your brain trigger you to wake up just enough to gasp and start breathing again. Then you fall back to sleep and the cycle begins again - these apnoeas can happen over 50 times every hour!


Let us 'Help you to Sleep Well'

In order to be treated for Sleep Apnoea, an initial diagnosis has to be made. We can assist with this here at Lockyer Valley Pharmacy with our Sleep Apnoea Testing Service. 

First step is an appointment where we review your sleeping via an Epworth Sleepiness Scale, this test is conduct by one of our fully trained staff. If you score a result of 8 or higher, we will then recommend you having an overnight study, that can be conducted in the comfort of your home via a testing machine we loan out to you for the night. 

Based then on these results, we send them to the Sleep Physician Sleepists, and once the results are back we arrange a follow up appointment to discuss the recommendations for your sleep therapy as well as fit and demonstrate in store of the mask and unit suitable for your needs!  

Do you have any further questions?...

If you have any further questions, or if would like to make an appointment please contact us today by phone or perhaps feel free to send us an email and we'll get back to you.


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