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The sinister side of snoring

Sleep apnoea - usually manifest in bursts of strangled-sounding snores - plagues millions every night. It's a sleep-thief, but it's also potentially very dangerous...

Apnoea sufferers have different palates

People with obstructive sleep apnoea have soft palates that are more elongated and angled than those of people without the condition, researchers report.

Lifestyle change eases apnoea

Losing weight through lifestyle changes can improve or even reverse mild cases of the night-time breathing disorder, sleep apnoea, a new study suggests.

Bad sleep affects outlook on life

People who have a tough time getting a good night's sleep are more likely to become dissatisfied with their lives later on, a new study in twins from Finland shows.

More sleep = less colds

People who get less than seven hours of sleep per night appear about three times as likely to develop a cold as those who sleep eight hours or more.

Exercise, sleep lower cancer risk

Regular physical activity can significantly lower a woman's risk of developing cancer, but skimping on sleep can eliminate those gains, a study found.

Bad snorers sit too long

Canadian researchers have identified a new risk factor for excessive snoring, known as obstructive sleep apnoea, in normal-weight men: too much sitting

Sleeping on your side is healthy

The healthiest position for sleep is on the side, according to researchers at the University of Cleveland in the US state of Ohio.

Sleep apnoea means more sick leave

People with sleep apnoea may be at increased risk of needing an extended sick leave from work, or going on permanent work disability, a new study suggests.

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