Finding out more about sleep apnoea

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A very interesting and useful information and afternoon tea was held recently in the Free Church of Scotland hall in Leverburgh, Harris to raise awareness of the serious medical condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and to help raise funds for the Sleep Service at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

Local GP Dr. Andrew Naylor introduced the afternoon by giving a very informative talk on the symptoms and effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, explaining that during sleep, relaxing muscles can allow breathing to be blocked, periodically disrupting the sleep process and causing the sufferer to have an incomplete sleep pattern which can be very harmful to a person’s health.

It appears that Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is not as uncommon a condition as may be thought, and Dr. Naylor explained that not all sufferers are aware of the condition even though they might have symptoms such as insufficient sleep, tiredness, headaches and snoring.

The main treatment is a CPAP device with a mask to be worn when sleeping which helps keep airways open. This can greatly improve quality of sleep, health and overall well being.

The event was very well attended throughout the afternoon, with many indicating that they had been completely unaware of the condition, and a series of information leaflets was received with great interest.

The afternoon raised the magnificent sum of £768.29 which will go towards Sleep Apnoea and CPAP/VPAP equipment.

Sincere thanks goes to all those who contributed so magnificently to a very useful and successful afternoon and to Dr. Naylor for giving so generously of his time.

Lucy Macdonald from Finsbay who receives treatment for a respiratory condition aimed to raise awareness and funds for the Sleep Service.

Following the afternoon tea, raffles, donations and an online Just Giving page, the grand total raised is £2,740.

Thanks goes to everyone who so generously helped us reach this phenomenal amount with support from family, friends and the community of Harris overwhelming.

Funds will go towards supporting vital treatment that can save lives.

More information on OSA is available through the British Lung Foundation: at

Pictured are Dr Andrew Naylor and Lucy Macdonald.