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Sleep apnoea

Pauses in breathing or very shallow breaths, while sleeping

About

Sleep apnoea is a treatable, and there are a variety of treatment options that can reduce the symptoms. These include lifestyle changes, or wearing devices that keep your airways open.

Need to know

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    There are several treatment options that can reduce the symptoms of sleep apnoea. These include: - lifestyle changes – such as losing excess weight, cutting down on alcohol and sleeping on your side - using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device – these devices prevent your airway closing while you sleep by delivering a continuous supply of compressed air through a mask - wearing a mandibular advancement device (MAD) – this gum shield-like device fits around your teeth, holding your jaw and tongue forward to increase the space at the back of your throat while you sleep.
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    There are no special preparations you need to make prior to treatment. However, changes to your lifestyle can include: - losing weight if you're overweight or obese - limiting how much alcohol you drink and avoiding alcohol in the evening - stopping smoking if you smoke - avoiding the use of sleeping tablets and tranquillisers.
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    While the symptoms of sleep apnoea can be eased, treatment will most likely need to be lifelong. If left untreated, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing problems such as poor performance at work and school, and placing a strain on your relationships with others. Sleep apnoea may also increase your risk of: - developing high blood pressure (hypertension) - having a stroke or heart attack - developing an irregular heartbeat - developing type 2 diabetes - being involved in a motor accident as it impacts your ability to drive.
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    Chelsea Bridge Road

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