Sleep Apnoea

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnoea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.

There are two main types of sleep apnoea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnoea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing

If you think you might have sleep apnea, see your doctor. Treatment is necessary to avoid heart problems and other complications.