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  • Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of your throat come together while you sleep, blocking off your airway.
  • This causes you to stop breathing until your brain notices and sends you a wake-up call.
  • You will then wake, open your airway, and go back to sleep almost immediately.
  • This process can repeat hundreds of time each night, causing you to have very broken sleep.
  • Around one in four men over the age of 30 years have some degree of sleep apnoea.
  • Treatment for sleep apnoea includes weight loss and cutting back on alcohol.
  • Other treatment options include nasal CPAP, a mouthguard or surgical correction of the upper airway obstruction.
  • If you have sleep apnoea you may feel sleepy in the daytime and find it hard to concentrate. 

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Reviewed on: 20-02-2019