Many of us suffering from fatigue may feel that it is all due to our CLL, but there are many possible causes, with sleep apnoea high on the list for the generally older demographic where CLL is also more likely. "About 5% of people have treatable moderate or severe sleep apnoea, which means they stop breathing 15 times or more times per hour while asleep. A larger number of people – as many as 20% of middle-aged folk – have mild sleep apnoea, which means they stop breathing around five to 15 times an hour. Although this may sound pretty scary, it’s still not clear that this mild version causes ill health." Nathaniel Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Sleep and Clinical Trials at University of Sydney, Australia covers the adverse health effects of sleep apnoea - including a higher risk of developing cancer and finishes with the good news that treating sleep apnoea can greatly reduce your risk of illness:
Photo: Some Ibis in a eucalyptus tree. Towards sunset, flocks of these birds (about the size of a duck) begin to settle in their favourite gum tree, where they roost overnight.