Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can be common in people with a learning disability, in particular people with Down’s syndrome.
Untreated OSA can impact on mental health as well as causing significant risks to physical health. OSA can be life-threatening if the risks of non-compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment are not understood by individuals and their carers.
Assessment and treatment for OSA should be prioritised for people with a learning disability and autistic people, who often face health inequalities and the risk of premature mortality.
People with a learning disability and autistic people should be issued a CPAP machine with remote monitoring capability.
These resources have been developed to help carers for people with a learning disability and autistic people understand:
the importance of people using their CPAP machine as prescribed
the importance of telling the hospital sleep service promptly if there are any issues