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Obstructive sleep apnoea

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Introduction
Sleep apnoea causes interupted breathing during sleep. Learn more, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of sleep apnoea
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), including loud snoring, day time tiredness, poor concentration, headaches, depression and anxiety.
Causes of sleep apnoea
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is caused by the muscles and soft tissue in the back of the throat collapsing during sleep. It is associated with being overweight and other risk factors.
Diagnosing sleep apnoea
Find out how sleep apnoea is diagnosed, including physical examinations, tests and polysomnography at a sleep centre.
Treating sleep apnoea
Find out what treatments are available for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), including taking stimulants and making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight if you are overweight or obese.
Complications of sleep apnoea
Find out about the complications of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) that is left untreated, including an increased risk of high blood pressure (hypertension), heart attacks and strokes.
Preventing sleep apnoea
Find out how to prevent mild to moderate OSA by making changes to your lifestyle. These include losing weight if you are overweight.
'I fell asleep while driving'
Terry Gasking was diagnosed with sleep apnoea after a couple of terrifying incidents during which he fell asleep at the wheel.
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