Sleep apnoea

Spent this morning researching sleep apnoea for a short story. According to the The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association, the condition is defined as the ‘cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the lungs caused by an obstruction’.  Research turned up a story about Philip Skeates, sleep apnoea sufferer (Guardian, A Breath of Fresh Air); a feature in the Independent entitled: Brahms made an awfully big noise in bed and a post about The hidden curse of sleep apnoea at metronapsuk. The real gold, however, was in the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea forum; particularly the topic, Do I need to tell the DVLA? which has generated a lively discussion between (the brilliantly named) Tony the Bus Driver, ‘bus driver with sleep apnoea’, and fellow sufferers Dog Tired, Private Snorer and Silver Fox. Just off to read some more.

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  1. Hi, I just found you via OU (I was an A215 but not an A363 this time due to funding issues.) And, wanted to say I had a boss who was famous for falling asleep in meetings etc. Then, he was assessed and treated for sleep apnoea and the change was remarkable! He had to sleep with an oxygen mask (apparently!) so it stopped him going camping with his children, unfortunately. However, due to getting a full night’s sleep, every night, he was so much more alert and – wait for it – his skin became more pink (he is a white man.) He was in fact seriously ill from not getting the sleep he needed and it is a wonder he never fell asleep at the wheel. Hope this gives you some info. cheers, Karen.

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  2. Hi Karen – thanks for the info, much appreciated. Sleep apnoea must have a huge impact of people’s lives, especially those whose condition is so severe they’re not allowed to drive. The issue of whether to drive or not is a bone of contention amongst sufferers (see British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association forum, link in post), though I think only those who suffer from severe OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea) are obliged to inform DVLA. Cheers – Diane

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