Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
i was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in 2014 this was after my wife complained that my snoring was really bad, I recorded it one night, realised she was right and made an appointment with the GP.
i was referred to the sleep clinic and following a sleep study I was diagnosed with OSA, having on average stopped breathing 23 times an hour.
OSA is a serious condition which affects the quality of sleep you get, meaning you can be tired during the day. It is also a condition that you must declare to DVLA. Which I have done, on top of declaring my amputations.
i currently use a Constant Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine which gently forces air into my nose and mouth via a mask, this helps to stop my throat collapsing and vibrating which was causing the snoring.
You get used to the mask and machine after a while, and now my wife stops kicking me out of bed, but as the patient you can hear the noise of the air and every breath you take, I find personally it is better if I wear noise cancelling headphones and listen to music.