Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Many people with chronic lung disease also suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).  People with OSA reduce or stop their breathing for short periods while sleeping. This can happen many times during the night. These breathing stoppages interrupt sleep which result in poor sleep quality with excessive sleepiness during the day. Because these events occur during sleep, a person suffering from OSA is usually unaware of them and is often the last one to know what is happening.  OSA can be life-threatening. It is a risk factor for high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. All these conditions occur more frequently in people with OSA.

It is important for those with OSA to seek specialist advice.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (263 KB)

For more information visit:

Australasian Sleep Association

Sleep Disorders Australia

Sleep Health Foundation