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Bradley Jolly & Sonia Sharma

Sleep disorder 'red flag' symptoms you should get checked out by your GP

If you have the following sleep disorder symptoms, you should see a doctor.

Health experts have warned that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), if left undiagnosed or untreated, can lead to dementia and other devastating diseases. People with OSA find the walls of their throat become narrower when they sleep.

Studies have recently shown a link between OSA and dementia. Professor Elizabeth Coulson and her team from the University of Queensland's brain institute and School of Biomedical found the deprivation of oxygen can cause mild cognitive impairment.

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"We developed a novel way to induce sleep-disrupted breathing and found the mice displayed exacerbated pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease,” Professor Coulson said last year. "It demonstrated that hypoxia – when the brain is deprived of oxygen – caused the same selective degeneration of neurons that characteristically die in dementia."

The Mirror has listed the most common symptoms and signs of OSA. The NHS says anyone should see their GP if they suffer any of these symptoms because it can lead to very serious issues.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea mainly happen while you sleep. They include:

  • breathing stopping and starting
  • making gasping, snorting or choking noises
  • waking up a lot
  • loud snoring

During the day, you may also:

  • feel very tired
  • find it hard to concentrate
  • have mood swings
  • have a headache when you wake up

It is estimated nearly one in two people aged 65 or over have OSA, diagnosed or otherwise. A doctor might recommend using a device called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help with OSA.

The machine delivers enough air pressure to keep the upper airway passages open through a mask which is used when sleeping. This can prevent both sleep apnoea and snoring, which could help further lower the risk of serious health conditions.

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