Left untreated, sleep apnoea can increase the risk of depression, heart disease and stroke. Find out more about the health condition here and how to treat it.
Known as obstructive sleep apnoea, the NHS lists symptoms that occur during the night.
These include loud snoring, making gasping, snorting or choking noises, and breathing that stops and starts.
It’s fair enough if your partner can alert you to these troublesome signs, but many people are single too.
This can occur if you’re overweight or obese, HAVE enlarged tonsils or a set-back lower jaw.
Such circumstances make it easier for the airways to become blocked, leading to disruption.
The Sleep Apnoea Trust puts forward ways to treat obstructive sleep apnoea.
This involves losing weight, not drinking alcohol after 6pm, and sleeping on the side.
For instance, people will have more energy and feel less sleepy throughout the day.
People undergoing treatment will be able to enjoy life more, for example, by staying awake during a film they want to watch.
If your driving was affected by excessive sleepiness, you’re more likely to satisfy the DVLA you have your sleepiness under control now having treatment.
This would mean you would be able to get back behind the wheel and drive your life forward.