Nicholas Ward makes hay while the sun shines

Nicholas Ward is a company director in the UK. For many years before he was diagnosed, he suffered with what he now knows is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

It's harvest time in England and Nicholas Ward and his wife are helping to make hay by hand while the hay baler lies quiet and motionless, in need of repair. He's just turned 70 and she's … younger. Twenty years ago, if you'd told Nicholas and his wife that he would be baling hay in his 70th year, a successful, happy and healthy man, they would not have believed you. In the late 1980s, he wasn't sleeping properly and his wife was living a nightmare. She'd lie awake in bed at night listening to him struggling for breath, then the silence as his breathing stopped, followed by explosive gulps as he started breathing again.

In the early 1990s, she arranged for him to see a sleep consultant in a London hospital. The diagnosis? "You're sleeping too much on your back!" The consultant's first step was to recommend a tennis ball sewn into his pyjamas, but this had no effect. "I was an irritable person," admits Nicholas. "It affected my work, my relationships with my colleagues, friends and family. I put on weight and it seemed to get worse.

Prompted by a newspaper article in 1994, his wife organised an appointment with leading sleep specialist Professor John Stradling. By then, Nicholas says, "she was absolutely desperate". Nicholas still has the charts showing 800 arousals on the night of the sleep study. He was given an "enormous and heavy crate" to trial, an early Sullivan CPAP machine. "It was noisy and leaked like mad," he says, "but it made a huge and rapid difference to both our lives."

Nicholas has recently upgraded to an S9 Autoset™ and Mirage™ SoftGel mask and states that there is "no comparison at all" with previous models. "They're so improved, so different," he exclaims. His wife's life has also improved. "My wife finds it super, she's very pleased with it. She can't believe how quiet it is," he says. "She does notice the odd leak now," he confesses, "because they're so unusual."

Nicholas was once ashamed of talking about his sleep apnoea. Now he speaks of it freely and shows his S9 to friends. He's even recommended CPAP to a few people. So at the age of 70, fit and healthy Nicholas and his wife enjoy ResMed's evolutionary, intuitive and whisper quiet S9 AutoSet each night. Their happiness would be complete if the hay baler wasn't as quiet as the S9!

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The colder months will soon be upon us and for those on CPAP this can result in having a runny nose and dry airways from the cold, dry air that winter can bring. But there is a solution: heated humidification! Heated humidification can either prevent or even reverse these symptoms and clinical studies show that it leads to a significant increase in CPAP usage over the winter months in particular.

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Helpful hints regarding our ResMed Power Station II (RPS II)

Following customer feedback, we would like to share some useful tips for those with or considering buying an RPS II:

  • If powering an S9 device, you can expect to achieve 12-14 hours of power before a recharge is needed

  • If powering an S9 with H5i, you can only expect to achieve approx 2 hours of power before a recharge is needed

  • When not in use, the RPS II will self-discharge over time so MUST be recharged every 3 months to maintain its life span

  • The RPS II is FAA compliant so can be taken
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SATAday on 13th October 2012

The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association (SATA) are holding their 18th conference at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford on Saturday 13th October from 10am to 4pm. This popular annual event is a fantastic opportunity for sleep apnoea patients and their families to:

  • Find solutions to your problems with Sleep Apnoea
  • Meet other Sleep Apnoea patients
  • Hear the latest medical developments
  • See the latest CPAP equipment
  • Talk to the manufacturers
  • Attend Chat Shop sessions facilitated by the Oxford Sleep Team and other Sleep Units

Tickets cost £15 for SATA members and their guests or £25 for non-members. Tea, coffee, a delicious buffet lunch and free parking are all included.

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RealSleep Charity Cake Sale raises £138!

Every year the RealSleep team get busy baking to raise money for charity; this year our chosen charity was the Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Support Group. More info at

We had a delicious selection of homemade cakes, flapjacks and quiches that sold very quickly to our hungry office colleagues, raising just over £138 for PSC. Well done team!

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