Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
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South Africa has a population of
approximately 53 000 000, about 43% aged > 30 years. The number of
individuals over the age of 30 years with OSA in South Africa can be estimated
in excess of 675 000.
A very small number of these have been investigated or
treated for OSA.
Approximately 2% of women and 4% of
men meet diagnostic criteria for OSA (daytime sleepiness and an AHI of more
than 5 / hour). There is evidence that OSA is more prevalent and severe in
blacks. 82% of men and 93% of women with severe OSA never had a diagnosis made...
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
Is OSA life threatening?
- Feeling excessively sleepy or tired during the day in spite of a full night’s sleep.
- Gasping, choking or snorting during sleep.
- Waking up tired or with a headache.
- Falling asleep in inappropriate situations (movies, church, sitting quietly) or without meaning to sleep.
- Problems with memory and concentration.
- Being ill-tempered or irritable.
- Personality changes.
- Aggressiveness, anxiety, irritability.
- Recurrent awakening at night.
- Night Sweats.
- Weight increase.
- Impotence / ↓libido (1/3)
- Dry mouth / drooling.
OSA has been linked to a number of serious life threatening conditions,
including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
Studies have linked this tiredness to
increased occurrence of traffic accidents.