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Capital DJ Roman Kemp Reveals he has Sleep Apnoea

Capital DJ Roman Kemp Reveals he has Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea is more common than people think, affecting many celebrities and tv personalities. Capital Fm Breakfast host Roman Kemp disclosed he has been diagnosed with the sleep disorder. 

What is Sleep Apnoea? 

Sleep Apnoea, also known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder.

OSA is when the upper airways narrow or close during sleep, and throat muscles relax too much. This prevents enough air from getting to the lungs causing Hypopneas. Or it closes completely, stopping any air from getting to the lungs, causing an Apnoea event (breathing pauses). During these breathing pauses your diaphragm and chest muscles work harder than normal to open your airways. Causing you to wake up choking or gasping. 

According to the British Lung Foundation, it is estimated that 1.5 million adults in the UK are affected by Sleep Apnoea. Sleep Apnoea is typically related to age; 15 to 20% of those aged 70 and over are estimated to have OSA.

However, it can also affect those who are younger. The Capital FM Radio DJ, Roman Kemp, 29, has revealed he suffers from Sleep Apnoea. He told the Daily Mail, “I recently got diagnosed with Sleep Apnoea, which has been rubbish” – his intense schedule led him to initially believe he was suffering from narcolepsy (a condition causing a person to fall asleep). 

What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnoea? 

The Capital Breakfast host experienced numerous symptoms of Sleep Apnoea and expressed, “My tiredness levels were debilitating. I was mid-conversation and would be snoring and not realising; it was very strange.”

Here are some common symptoms of Sleep Apnoea:

If you have any of these symptoms, you might have Sleep Apnoea.

According to the British Lung Foundation, 85% of people with OSA in the UK are undiagnosed and untreated.

You can take a sleep study with the NHS to diagnose you with Sleep Apnoea.

An alternative to this is taking the Intus Sleep Test.  Taking a Sleep test with Intus is the first step to a better night’s sleep no matter how old you are. 

What is an Intus Sleep Test?

If you suspect that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, then our in-home WatchPat Sleep Test is a quick, convenient and affordable way to have Sleep Apnoea confirmed. 

The sleep test monitors your heart rate, snoring intensity, blood oxygen levels, body positioning and Peripheral Arterial Tone (PAT). Intus sleep tests provide accuracy comparable to PSG (used in sleep laboratories for in-depth sleep analysis).

Once the tests are complete our experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals independently analyse all studies.

Our WatchPAT recording devices have unrivalled accuracy with 77% of our sleep tests confirming Sleep Apnoea. 

How to treat Sleep Apnoea

The most common and recommended way to treat OSA is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.

A CPAP machine gently pumps air into a CPAP mask that you wear on your mouth, nose or both during sleep. The mild airway pressure keeps your airways open to prevent Apnoeas and Hypopneas from occurring. 

CPAP therapy helps to:

  • Reduce or eliminate snoring
  • Keeps your airways open to breathe comfortably
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Can significantly reduce blood pressure
  • Eliminate daytime sleepiness and unproductivity
  • Positively impact your mood


Kemp found the humour in his CPAP therapy, telling the Mail Online, “The doctors told me I must wear an oxygen mask. There is absolutely nothing sexy about going back to Roman Kemp’s house. They are expecting candles and mood lighting, but they’re getting a Darth Vader impression into an oxygen tank. My love life will look like a niche Channel 5 documentary!”

When it comes to CPAP therapy, the good outweighs the bad. 

If you would like to look into CPAP therapy, find our products here.

What happens if Sleep Apnoea is not treated? 

Sleep Apnoea can worsen and cause several health conditions if left without treatment. 

Untreated Sleep Apnoea can result in the following:

  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiomyopathy 
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity 
  • Heart attacks

Living with Sleep Apnoea can negatively affect your relationships, work and overall enjoyment of life. 

If you need help or advice regarding Sleep Apnoea treatment, please contact us here.


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