At 60 years old Geoff was a serious long-term snorer and woke each morning feeling tired and grumpy. His doctor referred him for a sleep test that showed he had chronic obstructive sleep apnoea, causing him to subconsciously wake throughout the night.
The condition, and its resulting poor quality of sleep, was not only impacting his quality of life but was placing a strain on his heart which, if untreated, could be fatal.
With support from the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University, Geoff was fitted with a CPAP machine, delivering constant and steady air pressure to keep his airways open at night.
‘From day one it was a life changer,’ says Geoff who now wakes refreshed and ready to tackle the world. His family, friends and work mates say he is a different person.
Geoff now realises how serious his condition was not just to himself but also to others. ‘I was doing a lot of driving at the time and was unwittingly a hazard to myself and other road users,’ says Geoff.