1. Loud snoring
“If you find you or your partner are experiencing persistent snoring, it might be worth looking into it. This behaviour may be a sign of a breathing related disorder, which can lead to overall impaired of sleep quality and more generally, sleep deprivation.”
“Sleep apnoea can sound like snoring so it’s important to recognise the difference. As a first step, if you hear your significant other gasping for air or making choking sounds while asleep, this may be a sign of sleep apnoea.”
2. Poor concentration
“Constantly misplacing your wallet or purse may not mean that you’re losing your memory. Rather, it may be a sign that you are not able to concentrate accurately because your brain is not able to pay attention to what is going on to store this memory. If this persists, it may be one of the first symptoms you experience as a result of a chronic sleep disorder.”
3. Frequent visits to the bathroom
“If you’re finding yourself heading to the bathroom more than a few times each night, then it may be a nighttime symptom of chronic fatigue. The condition known as ‘nocturia,’ is also a common source of sleep loss and is when a person wakes one or more times during the night to urinate. If this sounds familiar, contact your local GP or pharmacist.
4. Irregular weight gains
If you’re finding that your body weight is increasing in line with consistent poor sleep quality, it may be partially due to poor sleep health. Poor sleep increases the risk of being overweight or obese, which in turn increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, and it may also present other long- term health risks such as cardiovascular disease and chronic fatigue.
How to get help for a sleep disorder
If any of the above signs ring a bell, it might be time to take a closer look at whether you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
This disorder can cause daytime sleepiness, moodiness and poor concentration. People who experience sleep apnoea also have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and accidents.
Thankfully, there are simple diagnosis and treatment tools available. Firstly, take this simple 60-second quiz to see if you’re at risk, and if you are, don’t worry, help is at hand! Philips has launched a first-of-its-kind in-pharmacy sleep service (PSS) which diagnoses OSA via a take-home sleep kit, administered by your local pharmacy. You wear the device overnight and then deliver it back to your pharmacist to get the results, and, if needed, commence treatment.
The best part is, you don’t need a referral or multiple visits to expensive sleep clinics to get started.
To find out more, visit your local pharmacy today and ask about their Pharmacy Sleep Services.
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