Sleep apnoea (interrupted sleep) is a condition in which a person stops breathing while asleep.
These periods can last up to a minute or more, and can occur many times each hour.
In order to start breathing again, the person must become semi-awake.
The episodes are not remembered, but the following day the client feels tired and sleepy.
If severe, sleep apnoea can cause other medical problems.
You snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods during the night. This happens because the upper part of your airway closes. Every time you stop breathing, you wake suddenly and your body or arms and legs may jerk.
You stay awake just for a short time, then fall off to sleep again. This will happen several times during the night. You may have a dry mouth and a headache when you wake up in the morning. You feel tired in the day and may have an irresistible urge to go to sleep.
You are more likely to get sleep apnoea if you are older, overweight, a smoker, a heavy drinker.
The problem is often noticed by a partner.
Treatment is usually simple - cut down smoking and drinking, lose weight, and sleep in a different position.
If your apnoea is very bad, you may need to wear a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask. This blows high-pressure air into your nose which keeps the airway open (163).
Counselling and Psychotherapy are recommended. Counselling and Psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.