Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation
Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.
Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.
Hitting the hay Philips sleep therapy that also monitors patients from a farm
David Thompson I've been a farmersince 1962. I left school at 13 and my parents are farmersso I went farming. I just wanted my own farm and when I got married,my misses wanted to do the same thing so we done it. One of my sons followed me into farming,but he got out of it.
Couldn't hack it. You're way out in the never, never and you getgood season and you get bad seasons. It's a 24 hour a day job. I do it because I know it's got to be doneand that's it. I was having to come out of the fieldtwo or three times a day and have a sleep up to two hours at a time which didn't leavemuch room for work. I was buggered all the time.
Just had no energy. Can't do the work I used to do. There's just thingsyou've got to put up with in life. Subash Heraganahally Sleep apneais when you stop breathing during the night. You can't stop breathing forever so your oxygen and carbon dioxide levelspick up and it triggers your brain to wake you upand start breathing again. David came to see meand we performed a sleep study on him
and we saw that he waswaking up about 15 times an hour. So we gave him a script to goto get a CPAP machine. Jenni Brotherton We partner with Subashto bring sleep therapy to patients like David. We started himon a Dream Station CPAP machine. When the airways start to relaxand cave in, it is continuous positive air pressurethat keeps the airways open. I travel fortnightly to Katherine,which is 60% indigenous, because patients in remote communities
are just as likely to be unwellwith sleep apnea as people in the big cities. The Dream Station has remote monitoring which is very important for rural patients. We can monitor how they're doingfrom our , and it keeps the patient at home,doing what they need to do. Each morning, his CPAP machineis sending the data of his sleep to us. Allowing us to know his usageand how his airways have improved.
David Thompson I getdecent night's sleep now. I've got more energy, definitely. I'm much more productiveon the farm. At least I can do something nowinstead of being a bludger. GIGGLES No worries about that. What's important in lifeé My health and my family.