Your Shopping cart
You have no items in your shopping cart
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Fast Facts:
of people with high blood pressure have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
of people with type 2 diabetes have sleep apnoea
greater risk of a person with sleep apnoea of having
a car accident
of people who are obese also have sleep aponea
Health Check Procedure:
Sleep apnoea can be diagnosed with an overnight at-home sleep test called a ‘polysomnogram’ or ‘sleep study’. You can hire the appropriate equipment to perform the test at home; the machine will monitor your blood oxygen levels, brain activity, heart rate, and breathing.
The results are uploaded from the testing device and emailed to a sleep specialist (a doctor) who makes the diagnosis. In some cases, the patient may be required to visit a sleep specialist for more tests. Your Life Pharmacy and Unichem Pharmacists can also give you advice on managing the condition and making improvements to your sleep quality.
Are you a Living Rewards member? You can earn Rewards points for every Health Check*. Just let your team member know when booking your test.
Discuss a treatment plan with a your healthcare professional.
Manage your weight through appropriate diet and exercise.
Quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake.
Avoid the use of sedatives or sleeping tablets.
There are a number of factors that increase the risk of developing sleep apnoea. These include:
1. Having a smaller or narrowed airway
2. Excessive weight
3. Smoking and alcohol
6. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Signs of sleep apnoea can include:
• Daytime sleepiness
• Loud snoring
• Waking up abruptly short of breath
• Mood changes
If you are unsure if this could be you, take our online sleep test to determine if you are eligible for a overnight take home sleep test.
Our overnight home sleep test involves a device being attached to your body with sensors that monitor your sleep, breathing patterns, pulse oximetry and pauses in breathing. When you wake up in the morning, turn the device off, remove the sensors and return the device to the pharmacy.
Allow 7 - 14 days for the results to come back from the sleep specialist and we will contact you immediately with the results.
One key indicator of sleep apnoea is the AHI (Apnoea Hypopnea Index) which is the number of apnoea recorded during the study per hour of sleep. Another key indicator is your oxygen saturation levels which shows the level of oxygen in your blood while you are asleep. A sleep apnoea trained team member will go through all of this information with you so that you understand exactly what the sleep test results mean.
Once you have completed a full night sleep of at least four hours, return the device to the pharmacy. A team member will download the data and send it to our sleep specialist doctors for review. Once the store receives your results, you will be contacted immediately to go through your report and to explain the results. If you have sleep apnoea, the results will explain the severity of your sleep apnoea and recommended treatment options. Usually treatment involves trialling or purchasing a CPAP machine, mask and accessories which will help you have a better night sleep and improve your quality of life.
|Life Pharmacy Albany||09 414 7188|
|Life Pharmacy Sylvia Park||09 573 1232|
|Life Pharmacy Northlands||03 352 7805|
|Unichem Te Kuiti Pharmacy||07 878 8011|
|Life Pharmacy Johnsonville||04 478 4863|
|Life Pharmacy Masterton||06 377 1296|
|Life Pharmacy Orrs||09 438 3113|
|Unichem Excelsa Pharmacy||07 281 1301|
|Unichem Russell Street Pharmacy||06 878 8123|
|Life Pharmacy Johnsonville||04 478 4863|
Life Pharmacy is proudly New Zealand owned and operated. We have everything from fragrance to first aid, make up to medicines, skin care to sun care, test kits to tanning products. Life pharmacy online brings your pharmacy to you.
Shop NZ customer favourites such The Ordinary, Antipodes, Trilogy and Snowberry, and keep your health and wellbeing on-track with Go Healthy, BePure, Livon, Optifast and Otrivin. Don’t forget to shop our top beauty brands including Clinique, Estee Lauder, Benefit, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins and Shiseido.
Looking for in-store pharmacy services like passport photos, ear piercing or the morning after pill? Find information here about Life Pharmacy in-store services and then use our handy pharmacy finder to find a Life Pharmacy near you.
Promotions, product range and prices may differ between Life Pharmacy online and Life Pharmacy stores.
Copyright © 2021 Life Pharmacy Ltd. All Rights Reserved.