Obstructive Sleep Apnoea – Information and Support from Philips Respironics
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?
People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly during sleep because their airway collapses. Upper airway collapse may be due to decreased muscle activity, increased tissue around the airway, or structural features that lead to a narrowed airway. As a result, air is prevented from getting into the lungs, carbon dioxide levels in the blood rise and sleep is disrupted.
Are you at risk of OSA?
OSA is associated with short-term symptoms
…and if untreated, may increase the risk of long-term consequences, including:
|High blood pressure||Cardiovascular disease||Stroke|
|Type 2 diabetes||Abnormal heart rhythm|
If you think you are suffering from OSA, take our free Sleep Quiz. If your results are positive then simply print the page and show them to your Sleep Specialist who will determine the best screening or diagnostic test for you.
Treating OSA can limit the risk of developing the life-threatening conditions and improve your quality of life.
For more information on the diagnosis of OSA and the benefit of treatment, you can request a free information pack, which includes information about OSA and useful tips on how you should progress.
Therapy and the benefits of regular treatment
PAP (positive airway pressure) is an effective treatment for OSA.
PAP therapy is non-invasive and prevents upper airway collapse during sleep by providing a gentle flow of air through the upper airway, allowing you to breathe freely.
Using your PAP device regularly as prescribed by your Sleep Specialist each night can minimise the impact of OSA in your life. As a result you may experience the following benefits of treatment:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved mood
- Less sleepiness during the day time
- Improved memory, attention and concentration
- Fewer awakenings during the night to go to the bathroom
- Improved overall quality of life
- Decreased risk of sleepiness related motor vehicle accidents
- Decreased risk for cardiovascular disease
Patients on PAP therapy
To ensure hygienic and effective PAP therapy you should always follow clinician and manufacturer guidelines for the replacement of masks and consumables.
If you require a new PAP mask, filters, tubing and accessories – then visit our Online Shop to purchase a wide range of products 24/7, or call our Customer Service Team on freephone 0800 1300 845 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).