Southland Support Group

 Mission Statement

Sleep Apnoea Association of New Zealand - Southland Support Group. is a non-profit support group; it does not endorse any company, product or Health Care Provider.  This group is intended to provide general information only and not provide individual medical advice. 

Please remember that information, opinions and advice presented here  come from many sources and may or may not, be correct for your situation.

 Your personal health is unique and must be discussed with a qualified health professional. Sleep Apnoea Association of New Zealand - Southland Support Group is designed to support, complement and not replace the relationship between you and your Doctor.”  

Material available on this website relating to sleep disorders should not be considered individual medical advice. Symptoms relating to sleep disorders should be brought to the attention of a doctor as soon as possible.

Obstructive sleep apnoea
(OSA) is a common sleep aponea caused by obstruction of the airway. It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These episodes, called apnoeas (literally, "without breath"), each last long enough that one or more breaths are missed, and occur repeatedly throughout sleep. In obstructive sleep apnea, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow, despite the effort to breathe.

The individual with sleep apnoea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnoea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body .

Symptoms may be present for years, even decades without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance. Persons who sleep alone without a long-term human partner may not be told about their sleep disorder symptoms.

Since the muscle tone of the body ordinarily relaxes during sleep, and since, at the level of the throat, the human airway is composed of walls of soft tissue, which can collapse, it is easy to understand how breathing can be obstructed during sleep. Although a very low level of obstructive sleep apnoea is considered to be within the bounds of normal sleep, and many individuals experience episodes of obstructive sleep apnoea at some point in life.


Due to lack of help and the lack of general support by 

users, the group has gone into recess until further 

interest is shown.

We are supporters of Sleep Apnoea Association of NZ Inc, and invite you to peruse their site for help and information on Sleep Apnoea

 click on link below 
to view their site.

Sleep Apnoea Association of New Zealand - Soutland  Support Group is a non-profit support group; it does not 
endorse any company, product or Health Care Provider. 

                                          F & P Healthcare for advice and support for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
Sleep Well Therapy
, the CPAP service provider for New Zealand's  Sleep Well Clinic    
 Check the support section of their website for up to date videos on  how to use you CPAP machine,
                                                 it's controls, and care of your equipment
The Vigor8 Programme         
                                   is a helpful web-tool for those who live with  Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Sleep Well Clinic          

The SLEEP WELL CLINIC provide comprehensive assessment and treatment services   throughout New Zealand for children and adults       suffering  sleep disorders such as SNORING, SLEEP APNOEA, INSOMNIA, and PARASOMNIAS.

Local clinics available in Southland, ring for appointment.

Have you cleaned your machine lately and checked the filters?

See our pages:

1. Drowsy Driving
 contains information and links to driving videos which may shock you!
click on link at bottom left of page,

2. NZ Medical Association Journal article on OSA syndrome.

3. Anaethesia and OSA

Check out Throat Exercises for Sleep Apnoea
in the subpages  below.


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