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Byline: JANE PICKEN

WHEN years of sleepless nights started to take their toll on mum Gail Grinter, she had little idea a simple breathing machine would transform her life.

In fact, the 61-year-old even credits the CPAP machine with saving her life, from a condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea.

This essentially causes the sufferer to stop breathing for short periods while they are asleep. When this happens - due to a narrowing or closing of the upper airway or pharynx - the person will wake up or only sleep lightly.

And for Gail this was happening dozens of times every night.

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