Why sleep apnoea patients may dream of oboe lessons

Chief reporter Hugo Wilcken provides a patient's perspective of a common condition.

The worst was not the wall-shaking snore, my partner assured me. It was the disquieting silences in between, when I’d stop breathing for a minute or more before my lungs heaved back into action.

Sleep apnoea. It affects 5% of Australians and one in four men over 30. It runs in my family. It had me self-medicating with alcohol at night and a gallon of coffee by day. 

It drove my partner insane. It ups the risk of

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