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Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

Further information for OSA

General support

Asthma + Lung UK helpline

Our friendly helpline nurses and advisors are there to answer your question. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

0300 222 5800


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

0300 102 9711

Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology

Sleep Apnoea Trust

British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association


Financial support

There are no specific benefits for people with OSA, but you may qualify for some general benefits and support. Take a look at our welfare benefits information.

Driving support


Contact the DVLA for information about what you need to do if you drive and have OSA.

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

Useful books and podcasts

CPAP and ventilator secrets

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

Sleep Interrupted

Dr Steven Park: This book has lots of information and advice for people living with OSA.

Why we sleep

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

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.

Sleep Apnea Stories

Emma Cooksey: This is a podcast that shares the stories and experiences of people living with OSA and the medical experts who treat them.

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Last medically reviewed: November 2021. Due for review: November 2024

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.