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Faulty towers legend, John Cleese tweeted, he is been tested for sleep apnea and posted a photo of himself

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/art...apnea.html

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#2
I'm certain that the sleep center supplied him with a can of SPAM for the overnight stay...

Here's the original article, full text:


'Here I am wired up': John Cleese shares picture of himself wearing small gadget to undergo medical test for sleep apnea

Posing proudly in a photograph he wears a wired gadget that looks like the sort of thing Q would have designed in the Bond movies.

However, John Cleese's latest device is not a spy aid, but an apparatus to help diagnose if he has a condition called sleep apnea.

The 73-year-old legendary comedian shared a picture of himself wearing the odd looking machine as he prepared for bedtime.

Dressed in his pyjamas he posed for the snap and added the caption: 'Here I am wired up for the night to see if I'm suffering from Sleep Apnea. #sleep'.

The Monty Python star didn't appear to be worried by the prospect of having the sleep disorder as he posted the image on his Twitter page on Tuesday.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person suffers from pauses in breathing or instances of very low breathing during sleep.

Each pause in breath is called an apnea and can last from ten seconds to minutes, and it might occur five to 30 times or more an hour.

Sleep apnea can be diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or sleep study.

If John is diagnosed with sleep apnea there are a range of treatments available to him to reduce the symptoms.

The most common suggestion is to avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and other sedatives, which can relax throat muscles, which contribute to the collapse of the airway at night.

Sleeping on one's side has also been found to work well, but failing that medications such as acetazolamide can lower blood pH and encourage respiration.

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#3
While I am glad for the public awareness, they utterly avoided mentioning CPAP, which is so far the only effective method of treating apnoea above AHI 10.
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(06-07-2013, 04:29 AM)DocWils Wrote: While I am glad for the public awareness, they utterly avoided mentioning CPAP, which is so far the only effective method of treating apnoea above AHI 10.

Yeah, I noticed that also. Thinking-about




... and now for something completely different:

The Argument Clinic:






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#5
I had a lot more wires hooked up to my body than John Cleese has.

Since cpap therapy wasn't mentioned, I wonder how often cpap therapy is used in England. Do they try other things before recommending cpap?
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#6
That looks to me more like what we would call a home sleep study.

I'm sure that CPAP therapy is regularly prescribed in the UK, but it's strange it wasn't mentioned in the article. It's also strange that they used the American spelling apnea instead of apnoea.
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#7
Looks almost exactly like the home test I took.

I'm very disappointed they didn't mention the only truly effective treatment for apnea, but what do you expect from those silly English types?

Now go away or I will taunt you a second time!

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(06-07-2013, 08:30 PM)iSnooze Wrote: I had a lot more wires hooked up to my body than John Cleese has.

Since cpap therapy wasn't mentioned, I wonder how often cpap therapy is used in England. Do they try other things before recommending cpap?

That is a simple home test setup, standard type for a first run through - usually, it is enough for a diagnostic.


CPAP is very common in the UK, it remains the Gold Standard, period. This is either one of the following - the reporter didn't do his homework, or chose (or was instructed, either by the editor or a publicist) not to mention CPAP in order to not "scare" the public.

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(06-08-2013, 03:18 AM)DocWils Wrote: ... This is either one of the following - the reporter didn't do his homework, or chose (or was instructed, either by the editor or a publicist) not to mention CPAP in order to not "scare" the public.

Accuracy in journalism seems to be a rarity these days. I can both scenarios as being possible reasons cpap wasn't mentioned.
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#10
Haha, I have a similar picture of myself in hospital. But I, too, had much more electrodes all over my body.
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