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Hospital opens sleep study room

A new sleep study room has opened at a Nottinghamshire hospital.

The opening of the facility at Newark Hospital follows a sharp increase in the number of people being referred by GPs for obstructive sleep apnoea.

The sleep study room is fitted with a bed, monitoring equipment and video camera to monitor a patient's sleep.

Sleep apnoea - where a person stops breathing for a short period during sleep - is a common condition among overweight men and pregnant women.

A patient's snoring, heart rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure are monitored.

Doctors said about half those tested at the sleep centre were expected to need treatment.

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