Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

Treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

OSA is a long-term condition and you may need lifelong treatment to control the symptoms.

Treatment focuses on reducing the number of breathing pauses you have when you’re asleep. You should feel less sleepy during the day, have a better quality of life and reduce your risk of getting health complications and having accidents.

Benefits of treatment

People react differently to treatment, but you’re likely to benefit a lot. For example:

  • you’ll have more energy and be less sleepy so you feel better physically and mentally
  • you’ll be safe to drive, if you can satisfy DVLA your symptoms are under control
  • you’ll start to enjoy things you were finding difficult, such as staying awake to watch a film

Your partner will also benefit from your treatment. They’ll sleep better too as you will not be snoring and you will move less in bed. You’ll be more alert during the day, so you can enjoy more quality time together.

Treatments for OSA include lifestyle changes and treatments from the sleep clinic.

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Last medically reviewed: May 2016. Due for review: May 2019

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.