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Sleep apnoea treatment. Middle- aged man using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to treat sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is a condition common in overweight individuals that restricts the patient's airways during sleep. It results in interrupted breathing that frequently wakes the patient. The CPAP machine delivers a constant stream of compressed air to the patient, via the face mask. The pressure from the stream of air keeps the airway open and allows uninterrupted sleep.
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