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Breathing problems whilst asleep

For more than 15 years I have been having problems whereby at the point I fall asleep, I stop breathing. If I go to sleep on either side it happens 100% of the time. The only way I can prevent this it seems is to fall asleep sitting upright. And even when I do that it sometimes happens anyway. One night last week this happened 7 times even though I attempted to sleep sitting up. No one has been able to tell me why this happens. FYI I am an AXA PPP client.

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The answer

Have you seen your Doctor to discuss this issue? Stopping breathing when asleep is often related to sleep apnoea and if you have not been tested for this we would suggest that you discuss this with your GP as soon as possible.

You may need to undergo sleep studies to diagnose this. If confirmed you will be fitted for a device that will help you breathe while sleeping called a BIPAP. If you want to have your sleep studies via policy you will have to check with your personal advisory/claims team to see if this will be covered.

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