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Sleep apnoea is when you stop breathing during your sleep and can be caused by a multitude of reasons, especially excessive soft tissue in the soft palet area. It is not a life threatening condition but causes a person to feel tired and exhausted in the morning, due to a lack of oxygen intake while sleeping. The sleep apnoea test will be covered by some medical aids.
Sleep apnoea can cause heart palpitations but not heart fibrillation.
The tongue can fall to the back of the throat and therefore, also cause sleep apnoea.
Dr Anrich Burger
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