IPSWICH BUSINESS: CPAP Direct owner Jamie Williams.
IPSWICH BUSINESS: CPAP Direct owner Jamie Williams. Rob Williams

The curse of sleep apnoea is shared by one in four people

SLEEP Apnoea is reported to affect one in four Australians and is claimed to be more prevalent in men than women.

It impacts many aspects of the individual's life.

Ipswich is home to CPAP Direct, a one-stop shop for products that assist in managing sleep apnoea.

Bryce Perron is Managing Director of CPAP Direct with Jamie Williams the Ipswich store manager.

Both men bring experience and passion to support clients to access CPAP Direct.

"We had the opportunity to buy CPAP Direct, which at that time had been operating for 15 years. We opened the Ipswich store, located at Booval, in January," he said.

"We have sleep experts and nursing staff on hand and we pride ourselves on making a difference. We offer personalised service and focus on patient needs as well as the best prices on the latest technology in the treatment of sleep apnoea."

CPAP Direct is growing and currently has outlets at Greenslopes, Buderim, Chermside, Bundall, two in Sydney and online.

Now located in Ipswich and soon to open in Toowoomba.

"We decided to open in Ipswich because there is only one provider currently and it is growing rapidly," he said.

Mr Perron has sleep apnoea so has a personal understanding of the condition.

"From a business point of view I know first hand that many do not run the business correctly, you can feel like a number and I established a business that cares for the client and my aim is that they leave us in a better place than when they arrived. "

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has changed dramatically over the years.

A CPAP machine is designed to assist a person who has diagnosed obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) breathe more easily while asleep.

A sleep study is the appropriate step to confirm if sleep apnoea is present.

The sleep study uses the apnoea hypopnea index (AHI) as the measure "mild will show that a patient stops breathing five to 15 times an hour, moderate is 15 to 30 times and severe is 30 or more times.

"It is not unusual to find many people who stop breathing while sleeping around 40 times an hour," Bryce Perron said.

"People think it is a condition for fat old people and that is just not true. It can be hereditary, my son has it and he is only five years old.

"People usually present with excessive snoring, daytime fatigue, these are tell tale signs."

It is important to get a diagnosis and treatment because clients can become depressed and have a higher risk of heart attacks and stroke.

"Machines today are very quite, much smaller as are the masks. We can pull data for our clients and make adjustments to machines remotely. It is a free service and it makes sure that our clients are getting the best out of the machine," Bryce Perron said.

"It is rewarding to know clients are gaining better sleep and feel alive," Mr Williams said.