Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

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Every night millions of people struggle to breathe. Undiagnosed sleep apnoea can have serious consequences, if left untreated. Take the quiz to see if you're at risk. 


Wake up to the signs of sleep apnoea

If this looks like you or a loved one, you may be at risk. 

What is obstructive sleep apnoea?

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder characterised by repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the sleep cycle.


These interruptions, called apnoeas, are caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the airway, which prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs. Sleep apnoea can have a serious impact on energy, mental performance, and long-term health—but there are effective treatments available to counteract these symptoms.*

*WebMD Medical Reference reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on September 18, 2018.


Do I have sleep apnoea?


Sleep apnoea affects  millions of Australians. The majority of sufferers go undiagnosed. Find out if you or your loved one is at risk by taking a short quiz.

Sleep apnoea symptoms include: 

Loud persistent snoring
Witnessed pauses in breathing
Choking or gasping
Choking or gasping for air during sleep
Sleepiness during routine activities
Frequent visits to the bathroom
Frequent visits to the bathroom
Early morning headaches
Daytime fatigue
Excessive daytime fatigue
Depression or irritability
Restless sleep
Restless sleep

About 80%

of Australians affected by sleep apnoea are undiagnosed.* 

*Young T, et al. Epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea: a population health perspective. AJRCCM 2002;165:1217-1239.

Sleep apnoea can affect your health. 
Find out if you are at risk.
Take this quiz.

What are the risks of untreated sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea can have serious short and long-term health risks if left untreated, including:
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High blood pressure
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Heart disease
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Heart attack
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Driving accident
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Mayo Clinic, “Sleep Apnea Complications,” 25 July 2018.


Learn more about sleep apnoea diagnosis and treatment.

Philips Healthcare proudly presents our Australian Pharmacy Sleep Service (APSS) sleep apnoea program. The APSS sleep apnoea program is a quick, easy and comfortable way to get diagnosed and treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) – without the need for a doctor referral.

How it works:

Step 1: Find your local APSS pharmacy* who offers the APSS sleep apnoea program

Step 2: Take your sleep apnoea quiz results there to discuss your sleep health and get help, if required.

Step 3: Your local APSS pharmacy* can also easily identify if you are at risk of OSA through a set of simple screening questions if you haven’t taken the online quiz

Step 4: If the results indicate you are at risk of OSA, your pharmacy can arrange a home sleep test

Step 5: You have to wear a simple sleep test device in the comfort of your own bed and at your regular bedtime

Step 6: When you wake up in the morning you simply remove the device and return it to your pharmacy

Step 7: The sleep test is analysed by a Sleep Physician and results are shared within 10 days, which your pharmacy staff will discuss with you

Step 8: If diagnosed positive for OSA, your pharmacist will discuss with you the best options to manage your OSA for a healthier, better sleep


*If your pharmacy does not have the APSS sleep apnoea program, call 1300 761 006 to find another pharmacy near you who offers this program.

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