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Sleeper hit: innovation to put apnoea sufferers out of misery


Sleeper hit: innovation to put apnoea sufferers out of misery

SA expert has come up with a groundbreaking device that could bring life-saving relief to millions

Senior science reporter

Every night when you fall asleep, you trust your respiratory system to do its thing while you drift off into delicious slumber: without having to think about it, you breathe in and out through the night, giving your body the oxygen it needs to carry on living.

But for those unlucky enough to be born with a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), the upper airways during sleep get blocked by the collapse of the soft tissues in the throat, and the person momentarily stops breathing.

According to online medical resource Mayo Clinic, this can have serious symptoms and consequences...

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