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Sleep apnoea is a 'major risk' to older men

Sleep apnoea is a 'major risk' to older men
26th August 2009

Older men may have major problems caused by sleep apnoea, it has been highlighted.

Marianne J Davey, the director of the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association, explained that middle-aged men in particular are at risk of the condition, which causes the airways to collapse and results in temporary pauses in breathing.

Tests have shown that people who have the condition have a shorter life expectancy, highlighting the need for people to consult a doctor should they know snoring is a problem of theirs, she added.

Ms Davey continued: "Snoring itself puts a strain on the blood pressure, it puts a strain on your heart and it also puts a strain on your breathing systems.

"If this goes on every night for very many years, then of course other things are going to start going wrong."

The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association is a not-for-profit organisation which helps snorers and their bed partners improve their quality of sleep.

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