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Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

Further information for OSA

Financial support

There are no specific benefits for people with OSA, but you may qualify for some general benefits and support. Find out more or call our helpline on 03000 030 555.


For information about what you need to do if you drive and have OSA, go to the DVLA website.

Drivers’ medical enquiries

Telephone: 0300 790 6806
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5:30pm
Saturday, 8am to 1pm

Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland

Telephone: 03000 200 7861
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5:30pm


Support for people living with OSA and sales of CPAP accessories.
0300 102 9711

Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology


A monkey, a mouse and a CPAP machine: At home with Rufus the chatty chimp

Marion Maz Mason and Steve B Mason
This children’s book is written for families to explain how a CPAP machine and mask help someone living with OSA to sleep soundly.

CPAP and ventilator secrets

Marion Maz Mason with Steve B Mason, foreword by Dr John Shneerson MA DM FRCP

You can get both titles from or call 0300 102 9711.

Why we sleep

Matthew Walker: This book explores recent research to explain why sleep matters.

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Download our OSA information (PDF, 260KB)

Last medically reviewed: March 2019. Due for review: November 2021

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.