Patient with a spinal cord injury coming to be fitted with a CPAP to treat sleep apnoea

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Do you have a spinal cord injury and feel tired all the time?

Research undertaken at Austin Health has found that 80 percent of people with a quadriplegic spinal cord injury have sleep apnoea, but that many don't know they have it. Sleep apnoea is easy to diagnose and can be treated.

See your GP if you have a spinal cord injury and also experience serious tiredness and fatigue. Tiredness is not just a normal part of having a spinal cord injury.

To help raise awareness of this issue, researchers from the Institute of Breathing and Sleep at Austin Health and The University of Melbourne have launched a series of videos to encourage people with spinal cord injury to ‘see a doctor and get their energy back'.

The videos feature four people who found that acting on their sleep apnoea transformed their lives and relationships, and can be viewed on the IBAS website. They were produced with the support of the TAC.

The videos and the research they are based on were developed by Dr. Marnie Graco, who was based at Austin Health, IBAS and The University of Melbourne during the time of the project.

"Go and see your GP for a sleep study and, if needed, a treatment plan," Marnie says. "Sticking to the treatment plan may be challenging but it can make a huge difference to your daily life."

Visit the IBAS website to see all four videos, or watch the compilation video below: