OSA is a largely undiagnosed sleep disorder where a person’s upper airway repeatedly collapses during sleep causing them to stop breathing for a period of 10 seconds or longer. A person’s level of OSA is measured by the number of sleep interruptions per hour using the Apnoea Hypopnea Index (AHI) or the Respiratory event Index (REI):
Mild sleep apnoea
between 5 -15
Moderate sleep apnoea
Severe sleep apnoea
between 5 – 30
The 10 most common symptoms of OSA
Patients who suffer from OSA will generally experience a range of common sleep apnoea symptoms including:
Loud persistent snoring
Witnessed pause in breathing
Choking or gasping for air
Frequent visits to the bathroom
Early morning headaches
Falling asleep during routine activities
If untreated, OSA may also increase a person’s risk of long term conditions such as:
*This is not medical advice and we recommend talking to your local health practitioner.
Discover how patients are diagnosed and tested for OSA here
Did you know that nearly 3m Australians have a sleep disorder
and that OSA causes sleep apnoea symptoms in over 10% of the adult population?
OSA-affected Australians can be grouped into two categories:
1. Undiagnosed patients
80% of the Australians affected by OSA are undiagnosed. How many of these patients could be visiting your pharmacy daily?
- 58% of people with Type 2 Diabetes have OSA
- 77% of people that are obese have OSA
- 85% of people with hypertension who take blood pressure medication have OSA
- 30% of people taking anti-depressants have OSA
2. Diagnosed patients
An estimated 300,000 patients in Australia are already using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. On average, these people need to renew masks every 18 months and machines every three years depending on the brand chosen.
Extending your pharmacy offerings to include a dedicated sleep apnoea program and equipment range means that pharmacies can increase their patients’ quality of life, and address sleep apnoea symptoms.
Finding the undiagnosed OSA patients
Everyday there are undiagnosed OSA patients in every pharmacy. This is why an in-pharmacy sleep services program is such a great channel for sleep testing. With our help, your pharmacy can easily identify these patients and offer them the treatment they need.