About 45% of Australians suffer from inadequate sleep. This can affect work performance and is a major source of risk on our roads. Inadequate sleep can be due to medical sleep conditions or poor sleep hygiene.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The good news is, you can be successfully treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, the treatment of choice for OSA.
What are the symptoms I should watch out for?
- Loud persistent snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Depression and irritability
- Restlessness during sleep
- Frequent night time visits to the bathroom
- Sexual dysfunction
- Dozing off while driving, reading or watching TV.
If you have answered yet to any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider a free screening for sleep health at selected National Pharmacies stores.
Step 1 Book your sleep screening today
This one-on-one screening with your pharmacist is free and will determine if further investigation is required. If so, your doctor will be consulted about a sleep study referral. This is available at one of our assessment or full service stores.
Step 2 Find out more
Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, you may be referred to do a home or hospital sleep study. For home studies, our partner, CLM Sleep Co., will send a Sleep Technician to visit you, and set up the study in the comfort of your own home.
Step 3 Meet with your National Pharmacies Sleep consultant
Once your sleep study results are ready, your therapist from the nearest National Pharmacies Sleep store will contact you. Depending on your results, we will follow up with appropriate treatment options. Treatment options include:
1. Lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol
2. Trial of a CPAP therapy via a device and mask.
If your sleep and respiratory physician decides CPAP therapy is an ideal treatment option for you, we will trial CPAP devices and masks over a 4-6 week period, with follow up consultations to determine what equipment works best for you.
Ask in-store how we can assist you on your sleep apnoea treatment journey today.