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Physios could play greater role in spotting snoring dangers

29 April 2014 - 12:28pm

This week is national stop snoring week and physiotherapists could play a greater role in spotting undiagnosed sleep apnoea and providing preventive treatment.

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National Stop Snoring Week: 28 April - 2 May 2014. Image: British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association

CSP professional adviser Carley King said obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is often associated with obesity, but it is also an under-diagnosed condition.

‘If physios see patients who are very tired during the day and snore at night, OSA is something that physios should consider,’ she said. They could also provide treatment and advice for overweight patients who could develop the condition.

‘Left untreated, OSA can reduce life expectancy and increase the risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease,’ she said.

National stop snoring week is run by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association, which uses the week to encourage people to seek legitimate treatment rather than considering gimmicks.

 

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