Sleep Disorders

31 August 2018

How can sleep apnoea be prevented?

As with so many other conditions, a healthy lifestyle can protect you from developing sleep apnoea.

Follow these steps to prevent obstructive sleep apnoea, the most common type:

  • Follow a healthy lifestyle.
  • Keep your body mass index (BMI) below 24 – i.e. maintain a healthy weight.
  • Seek medical attention early if you snore or experience daytime tiredness.

Reviewed by Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, specialist neuropsychiatrist in sleep disorders at The London Sleep Centre and The Constantia Sleep Centre. FRCPsych. April 2018.


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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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