Worthing Sleep Apnoea Club is holding a meeting on 30th
March 2012 between 3pm - 4.30pm in the Postgraduate Medical Centre at Worthing Hospital. This is a social gathering for everyone to meet up and have a chat with coffee and cake. All are welcome.
Sleep Apnoea is characterised as a narrowing/collapse of the upper airway which happens frequently during the night as the muscles in the upper airway lose their tone when asleep and become too relaxed to keep the airway open which causes the individual to stop breathing and it can last anywhere from 10 seconds to a couple of minutes. Individuals present with daytime sleepiness, feeling generally tired and fatigued, lacking in concentration, have no energy and often complain of unrefreshed sleep. They also have very loud snoring and other people notice that there is either pauses in their breathing or individuals themselves complain of choking or gasping for air. It also makes them sleep very restlessly.
If it is not treated, depending on the severity it can cause high blood pressure and heart problems.
Worthing Hospital has approximately 920 patients who are using CPAP machines and have about 450 referrals a year.
For more inofrmation on the event please call Lynnette Burgoyne RGN BSc(Hons), Sleep Health Advisor, on 01903 20511 ext 5105 or 5801.
More information about sleep apnoea can be found here by clicking here