The full name of this condition is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) making it a more accurate description of this common condition. Almost everyone with this condition snores but this is much more than simple snoring.
In Obstructive Sleep Apnoea the floppy structures in the throat completely obstruct the airflow for long periods leading to a significant reduction in the blood oxygen levels. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can cause many medical problems leading to significant morbidity as well as social difficulties. Therefore, it is extremely important to diagnose this common condition so that appropriate treatment may be started to avoid the possible consequences and improve the sufferer’s quality of life.
It is known that the vast majority of people with Sleep Apnoea have not been diagnosed of this condition and are unaware that they have it.