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Sleep disorder treatment "on NHS"

People who suffer from a sleep disorder have been given new hope by a health watchdog which looks set to approve a treatment using a air-pressure sleep mask for the NHS.

Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea syndrome - or sleep apnoea - suffer from irregular breathing during the night and find themselves excessively sleepy during the day.

They can stop breathing for about 10 seconds at a time because the upper airway collapses repeatedly and at irregular intervals as they sleep, cutting off airflow and waking them.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence looks likely to recommend continuous positive airway pressure for use on the NHS.

The British Thoracic Society, said the watchdog will approve the treatment for adults with moderate or severe sleep apnoea.

It involves the patient wearing a soft mask over the nose and mouth which is attached to a machine that regulates the pressure of the air they breathe.

British Thoracic Society

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